Punch director urges local authorities to stop 'criminalising honest licensees'

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Andy Slee said the same actions aren't taken against supermarkets
Andy Slee said the same actions aren't taken against supermarkets
Punch Taverns director Andy Slee urged local authorities to stop “criminalising honest licensees” after one of the pubco’s tenants was hit with extra licence conditions for failing a test purchase.

Slee, Punch’s external affairs and central operations director, said the North Midlands licensee has been told to pay £15,000 for CCTV and introduce a ‘Challenge 25’ scheme, despite the fact there had been no record of issues during the 12 years they have been at the pub. Punch is now in talks with the council.

“The response feels disproportionate to one failed test purchase,” Slee said. “Licensees want to do a good job but can make an
honest mistake.

"Please don’t criminalise honest licensees.”

He added: “The pub is the home of responsible drinking. Sometimes it feels like the easy target is ‘Bob and Mabel’ running the Dog & Duck when things happen at Tesco Extra and maybe the same actions aren’t taken.”

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Posted by ken nason,

????

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Yes - what a refreshing post

Posted by Dave Mountford,

Did you not notice mine Rob and Ken - its the third one up

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Test puchasing

Posted by david,

I can never understand those who think under-age serving can be policed by anything other than test-purchasing - whether it results from tip-offs or via random inspections.

It's in the interests of professional publicans everywhere that the collars are felt of those who serve alcohol to under-aged customers. Test purchasing isn't confined to the on-trade - far from it!

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