Conditions on off-licence after sexual harassment claims

Written by on October 13, 2015 in Community, Crime, News - 1 Comment

street-drinkingLambeth Council has imposed conditions on the sale of alcohol by UK Food and Wine Limited at 262 Brixton Hill.

Its licensing sub-committee heard in September that the off-licence is next to a William Hill betting shop and that a group men loitered in the vicinity of the two establishments and regularly drank alcohol outside.

There had been complaints of sexual harassment of passing women by this group, including touching and offensive comments.

It also heard that, in a 2013 investigation, bottle openers, open bottles and plastic cups had been found in the off-licence along with counterfeit alcohol and that there had been illegal sales of tobacco.

Despite the owners saying that these issues had been fixed and that they no longer sold high-strength alcohol, the committee ruled that:

Digital TV surveillance of the inside and outside of the shop must be installed and staff must be able to hand over footage to staff “without difficulty or delay”.

The shop must keep a register of any and all refusals to sell alcohol because of the age or drunkenness of the prospective buyer.

No beer, lager or cider with an alcohol content of 5.5% or more may be sold or supplied in a single bottle or container with a capacity greater than 750ml

Notices to tell customers not to congregate outside must be prominently displayed.

Cans of beer or cider can only be sold in packs of four or more; no miniatures can be sold; and cider cannot be sold in containers bigger than 1.5 litres.


In another decision, the committee ruled that the Vegbar vegan restaurant, occupying the old Brazas restaurant at the Brixton end of Tulse Hill and linked to the former Club 43, was unsuitable for the playing of amplified music and that it must stop doing so at midnight.

About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. He works out of an office in St Matthews and before that the Bon Marché. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

One Comment on "Conditions on off-licence after sexual harassment claims"

  1. Nick October 15, 2015 at 12:48 pm ·

    There is a very similar problem on upper Acre Lane near the William Hill bookies and right along to the corner towards Clapham Road, groups of men ( some very mature) and women at times gather and the men make salacious comments to passing women and young girls.

    I’ve even seen fights break out amongst the group , I wont let my partner or daughter go up there on their own as they or anyone else for that matter shouldn’t be subjected to this degrading behaviour.

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