Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Supermarket Free to Sell Booze from Earlier in the Morning

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Supermarket Free to Sell Booze from Earlier in the Morning

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DRINK can be sold earlier at a Middlesbrough supermarket.

A Middlesbrough Council licensing sub-committee granted an application by Somerfield to be allowed to sell alcohol earlier at its story in Linthorpe Village.

Objections to the application were made by local residents Elisabeth and Ken Whiteway.

Somerfield will be allowed to sell alcohol from 7am Monday to Saturday - currently its licence allows drink sales from 8am. The Sunday time remains at 10am and the new application also allows drinks sales on January 1, December 24, 26 and 31 to start at 6am.

Mrs Whiteway told the sub-committee that Somerfield was a good supermarket and it did care about the area.

However there were massive problems in the area.

"I am concerned at the number of incidents.

Can't we in Middlesbrough make a difference and change the culture in the town? What about being known as the town that turned things around? "Let's not go any further down in making alcohol more accessible," she said. …

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