winepour Warnings have been issued to a number of restaurants, take-aways and off-licences in Medway after an operation led by the council’s licensing team working with police, HMRC, Environmental Food Safety and Enforcement teams. A number could face prosecution.

Twenty premises in River Ward were found in breach of licensing conditions – mainly not having a policy in place as set by the Home Office to prevent sales of alcohol to under age drinkers and not carrying out sufficient staff training. Some of the restaurants were in breach of the rules on drinking measures and were providing customers with unmeasured wine.

Five premises were found to have poor hygiene standards in their kitchens and one was issued with a prohibition notice because the electricity supply was found to be in a dangerous condition.

HMRC also seized more than 400 litres of alcohol from two off licences.

peterhicksCouncillor Peter Hicks, Medway Council’s portfolio holder for community safety, said : “These operations help to protect Medway residents and ensure that restaurants, pubs and off licences remain safe and pleasant environments for customers. This operation is part of of continued efforts by the council and our partners to ensure all premises abide by the rules.”