Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Objections to Booze Sales

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Objections to Booze Sales

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Byline: Mike Brown Reporter mike.brown@trinitymirror.com

A BID by a Hemlington shop to start selling booze from 6am is being opposed over fears of potential problems caused by early morning drunks. The One Stop shop at the Viewley Centre, in Hemlington, is already allowed to sell alcohol from 8am but wants to extend this to two hours earlier. The store, which is owned by retail giant Tesco, has applied to Middlesbrough Council to alter its licence. But in an objection letter to the authority, one Hemlington resident told how her son had been assaulted by a drunk. She said she worried that those inebriated earlier would "cause a public nuisance to sober people by trying to talk to them, or passing out in the walkway area". Hemlington ward councillors Nicky Walker and Jeanette Walker have also objected. Councillor Nicky Walker said: "There is a problem with drinking in the shopping centre and has been on and off for a number of years.

"This is an issue that is frequently raised at Hemlington Community Council and drink related antisocial behaviour has meant that the Viewley Centre has been a policing priority on several occasions, including over recent months. …

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