POLICE have opposed plans for an international food store in Bournemouth to sell alcohol.

Black Sea Supermarket has applied to BCP Council for a licence to sell drinks until 10pm seven days a week.

But Dorset Police has objected to the application, saying the owners of the Bournemouth shop have “failed” to demonstrate that the move will not contribute to anti-social behaviour issues.

The Old Christchurch Road store falls within the designated town centre cumulative impact area which means the council should presume the licence be refused unless special reasons are given.

Submitted on behalf of Danuba River, the store owner, the licence application says there would be no adverse impact to the council policy.

“The applicant is aware there are concerns in this area with regard to the consumption of alcohol on the street by vulnerable adults,” it says.

“The hours proposed for this licence, coupled with the conditions, seek to address those issues.

“The sale of alcohol at this store will be ancillary to its principal trade of selling food and convenience goods.”

It proposes that no lager, beer or cider above 5.5 per cent alcohol content could be sold without the permission of police.

CCTV cameras would also be installed with footage provided to the council and police on request.

However, Dorset Police licensing officer Sarah Dutton said the proposals would “undermine” work to tackle crime and disorder in the centre of Bournemouth.

“The concentration of licensed premises within this area causes problems of anti-social behaviour and crime and disorder,” her letter says.

“Dorset Police are of the view that the applicant has failed to demonstrate in their operating schedule that there will be no negative cumulative impact and has failed to rebut the presumption of refusal.”

As a result of the objection, the application will be considered by members of the council’s licensing sub-committee when it meets on Tuesday (July 23).