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A CONVENIENCE store has held on to its alcohol licence despite failing a Trading Standards test.

Havant Borough Council was asked to review Stop and Shop in Middle Park Way, Leigh Park.

The licensing sub-committee was told that the shop was closed for seven days in April following two offences last year.

Extra measures were put in place to prevent alcohol being sold to under-18s.

But in September a 16-year-old female volunteer was sold four cans of cider by a woman at the counter.

The member of staff was given a £90 fine. It was the first shop in Hampshire that Trading Standards had to review twice in one year.

Councillors said they took a serious view of the matter.

Their verdict stated: ‘The sub-committee is mindful of the fact that the failed test purchase related to a member of staff who was no longer employed by the owners and a number of test purchases had been undertaken by Trading Standards and a third party which had been successful.’