School Boy Inn handed booze ban

The School Boy Inn, Norton.
The School Boy Inn, Norton.

A PUB has been handed a booze ban for persistently selling alcohol to underage children.

The School Boy Inn has accepted the voluntary closure notice as an alternative to being taken to court, Doncaster Council said.

The measure comes following a number of test purchase operations at the Punch Taverns owned hostelry in Norton.

Between June and August police and trading standards officers sent a number of under-age drinkers into the pub who were served alcohol.

Following the swoops the pub is now unable to serve booze for 48 hours. The order started at 9am on Monday.

Coun Cynthia Ransome, cabinet member for communities, said: “The effects of alcohol on young people’s health and the strong link between drink and anti-social behaviour are big concerns.

“The closure notice is a quick and effective response in the circumstances where licensed premises have persistently sold alcohol to underage children.

“We give advice and assistance to businesses to help them avoid selling to underage children but ultimately pubs must take responsibility for checking ID.”

A Punch Taverns spokesman said the firm was working with the authorities to “address any issues,” and it was its priority to provide a safe and welcoming environment for responsible adults to enjoy food and drink.