Pizzeria keeps licence after selling lager to 14-year-olds

NEW CONDITION IMPOSED: Centro Pizza at Lansdowne Crescent in Bournemouth

NEW CONDITION IMPOSED: Centro Pizza at Lansdowne Crescent in Bournemouth

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A BOURNEMOUTH pizza delivery business kept its alcohol licence yesterday despite its owner delivering lager to two 14-year-old girls.

The council’s licensing committee heard that Mark Cater, owner and manager of Centro Pizza in Lansdowne Road, delivered two pizzas and four cans of Carlsberg to the girls at a nearby flat on August 23.

The girls, who were not asked for their age either on the phone or at the door, were volunteers in test-purchasing exercise carried out by trading standards, who requested that the business lose its licence.

Mr Cater claimed he did not know that he was delivering alcohol as he was in a rush to get to a hospital appointment immediately afterwards, having injured his hand with a drill.

He told the committee he had been fighting to get the licence for two years, and when he was confronted by the trading standards officers and realised what had happened he was devastated.

“I made a mistake. I shouldn’t have been working that night,” he said.

“I did not realise what I was delivering, and when the trading standards officer came out time stood still. It was obvious what had happened.”

Philip Day, of Horsey Lightly Fynn solicitors, pointed out to the committee that staff at Centro Pizza had since been re-trained, with new procedures put in place.

But these were described by Mike Darbyshire, from Bournemouth children’s social care, as ‘locking the stable door after the horse has bolted’.

He said: “Centro Pizza have not demonstrated they can fulfil their licence objective to protect children from harm.”

Councillors stopped short of suspending the licence but imposed a new condition that alcohol deliveries should be made in bags clearly marked ‘challenge 25’.

They also removed Mr Cater as designated premises supervisor, meaning he will no longer be responsible for supervising alcohol sales.

Chairman Cllr Andrew Morgan said: “This council takes a very dim view of the sale of alcohol to children.

“We recognise that Mr Cater has experienced remorse for what happened but it is clearly unacceptable.”

Trading standards were also supported by the town centre councillors David Smith, Bob Chapman and Mike Greene.

Cllr Smith, said at the meeting: “I opposed the original application to allow alcohol deliveries and I will always oppose this.

“It is too open to abuse through loopholes and the difficulty of checking every sale,” Cllr Smith added.

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12:15pm Wed 9 Jan 13

jeebuscripes says...

What toppings did they have on the pizzas?
What toppings did they have on the pizzas? jeebuscripes
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12:27pm Wed 9 Jan 13

madras says...

jeebuscripes wrote:
What toppings did they have on the pizzas?
I would assume that would be a lager top(ping)...
[quote][p][bold]jeebuscripes[/bold] wrote: What toppings did they have on the pizzas?[/p][/quote]I would assume that would be a lager top(ping)... madras
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12:38pm Wed 9 Jan 13

mw2010 says...

now all the 14 year olds know where to get their lager cheers bournemouth echo
now all the 14 year olds know where to get their lager cheers bournemouth echo mw2010
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1:06pm Wed 9 Jan 13

B.F.G says...

mw2010 wrote:
now all the 14 year olds know where to get their lager cheers bournemouth echo
Moron.
[quote][p][bold]mw2010[/bold] wrote: now all the 14 year olds know where to get their lager cheers bournemouth echo[/p][/quote]Moron. B.F.G
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9:23pm Wed 9 Jan 13

darren_55 says...

If they are at home, with a meal, what's the issue? Cracking down on the kids hanging around on the street seems a better use of police time.
If they are at home, with a meal, what's the issue? Cracking down on the kids hanging around on the street seems a better use of police time. darren_55
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9:43am Thu 10 Jan 13

Porkchop38 says...

I can completely see how selling lager to under age children isn't the right thing to do and this is clearly acknowledged by Mr Cater, a small busines men trying to survive in a difficult time instead of sat at home free loading with his family moaning that there is little work in the town like lots of other people.......Anyway, i totally disagree that learning from your mistakes and taking a proactive approach to prevent the same thing happening again is "locking the stable door after the horse has bolted".....i thought in the times we live in now that this was deemed a pro-active control measure to prevent this same mistake being made. How do you learn from your mistakes Mr Darbyshire, i guess its a case of do something or do nothing.....which do you do?
Its clear a very big mstake was made here but, as best as I can see, Mr Cater is trying to take a proactive approach to improve this and, given the severity, has probably done so taking the respectful advice from the appropriate source.
I find it very irritating to read such negative comments (i.e. i will always oppose this) from such influencial people from within the town that have the ability to positively improve things rather than negatively berate.
You are also doing this with tax payers money, whilst it is very serious and needs to be dealt with, what are you doing to clear up the real rubbish in the town or is it a case that Mr Cater is easy pickings as he is policeable as an honest town trader.
To you Mr Cater.....I am sure you are more than aware of the seriousness of what you have done but fair play to you for holding your hands up and taking a proactive approach to trying to resolve the situation. Best of luck Mr Cater and mind how you go.
I can completely see how selling lager to under age children isn't the right thing to do and this is clearly acknowledged by Mr Cater, a small busines men trying to survive in a difficult time instead of sat at home free loading with his family moaning that there is little work in the town like lots of other people.......Anyway, i totally disagree that learning from your mistakes and taking a proactive approach to prevent the same thing happening again is "locking the stable door after the horse has bolted".....i thought in the times we live in now that this was deemed a pro-active control measure to prevent this same mistake being made. How do you learn from your mistakes Mr Darbyshire, i guess its a case of do something or do nothing.....which do you do? Its clear a very big mstake was made here but, as best as I can see, Mr Cater is trying to take a proactive approach to improve this and, given the severity, has probably done so taking the respectful advice from the appropriate source. I find it very irritating to read such negative comments (i.e. i will always oppose this) from such influencial people from within the town that have the ability to positively improve things rather than negatively berate. You are also doing this with tax payers money, whilst it is very serious and needs to be dealt with, what are you doing to clear up the real rubbish in the town or is it a case that Mr Cater is easy pickings as he is policeable as an honest town trader. To you Mr Cater.....I am sure you are more than aware of the seriousness of what you have done but fair play to you for holding your hands up and taking a proactive approach to trying to resolve the situation. Best of luck Mr Cater and mind how you go. Porkchop38
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10:36am Thu 10 Jan 13

yourbard says...

Porkchop38 wrote:
I can completely see how selling lager to under age children isn't the right thing to do and this is clearly acknowledged by Mr Cater, a small busines men trying to survive in a difficult time instead of sat at home free loading with his family moaning that there is little work in the town like lots of other people.......Anyway, i totally disagree that learning from your mistakes and taking a proactive approach to prevent the same thing happening again is "locking the stable door after the horse has bolted".....i thought in the times we live in now that this was deemed a pro-active control measure to prevent this same mistake being made. How do you learn from your mistakes Mr Darbyshire, i guess its a case of do something or do nothing.....which do you do?
Its clear a very big mstake was made here but, as best as I can see, Mr Cater is trying to take a proactive approach to improve this and, given the severity, has probably done so taking the respectful advice from the appropriate source.
I find it very irritating to read such negative comments (i.e. i will always oppose this) from such influencial people from within the town that have the ability to positively improve things rather than negatively berate.
You are also doing this with tax payers money, whilst it is very serious and needs to be dealt with, what are you doing to clear up the real rubbish in the town or is it a case that Mr Cater is easy pickings as he is policeable as an honest town trader.
To you Mr Cater.....I am sure you are more than aware of the seriousness of what you have done but fair play to you for holding your hands up and taking a proactive approach to trying to resolve the situation. Best of luck Mr Cater and mind how you go.
Totally agree with porkchop. This seems like an honest mistake, but he, Mr Cater, like many legitimate businesses, is an easy target for the authorities.
And in response to mw2010, I would have thought that this pizzeria would now be the last place 14-year olds would go for their booze.
[quote][p][bold]Porkchop38[/bold] wrote: I can completely see how selling lager to under age children isn't the right thing to do and this is clearly acknowledged by Mr Cater, a small busines men trying to survive in a difficult time instead of sat at home free loading with his family moaning that there is little work in the town like lots of other people.......Anyway, i totally disagree that learning from your mistakes and taking a proactive approach to prevent the same thing happening again is "locking the stable door after the horse has bolted".....i thought in the times we live in now that this was deemed a pro-active control measure to prevent this same mistake being made. How do you learn from your mistakes Mr Darbyshire, i guess its a case of do something or do nothing.....which do you do? Its clear a very big mstake was made here but, as best as I can see, Mr Cater is trying to take a proactive approach to improve this and, given the severity, has probably done so taking the respectful advice from the appropriate source. I find it very irritating to read such negative comments (i.e. i will always oppose this) from such influencial people from within the town that have the ability to positively improve things rather than negatively berate. You are also doing this with tax payers money, whilst it is very serious and needs to be dealt with, what are you doing to clear up the real rubbish in the town or is it a case that Mr Cater is easy pickings as he is policeable as an honest town trader. To you Mr Cater.....I am sure you are more than aware of the seriousness of what you have done but fair play to you for holding your hands up and taking a proactive approach to trying to resolve the situation. Best of luck Mr Cater and mind how you go.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with porkchop. This seems like an honest mistake, but he, Mr Cater, like many legitimate businesses, is an easy target for the authorities. And in response to mw2010, I would have thought that this pizzeria would now be the last place 14-year olds would go for their booze. yourbard
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8:00am Fri 11 Jan 13

Hunter1234 says...

California fried chicken also hot done for same thing all they got was slap on the wrist
California fried chicken also hot done for same thing all they got was slap on the wrist Hunter1234
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