Shops caught out in booze blitz

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Shops selling alcohol and tobacco are still falling foul of legislation – even if the breaches aren’t always at the serious end of the scale.

That was one conclusion to be drawn from recent police and council tours of premises in Kirkintilloch, where several traders had to be warned about non-compliance issues – for example not displaying posters in the authorised manner.

The roadshow team in Lennoxtown.

The roadshow team in Lennoxtown.

The latest community protection roadshow visited Lennoxtown and Kirkintilloch, where residents highlighted continued problems with classic nuisances including dog fouling and litter.

During the day of action at both locations, officers teamed up to speak to drivers around nearby schools about parking and idling, and the council’s Safer School Parking leaflet was distributed to ensure drivers understood the importance of the issue.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie, said, “As we get towards the end of our planned roadshow visits across the area, I’m delighted that we have been able to engage with so many local people to talk about the issues that matter to them. “

She added “It’s important that we are able to meet residents and listen to what they are telling us. We will include all views in what we are doing.”

Chief Inspector Craig Smith, Local Area Commander added: “We are already looking at other community issues that we can tackle through this innovative collaborative approach.”

The day included eight liquor licensing visits, resulting in three compliance issues being discovered.

The last in the series of joint council and police roadshow visits will be on Thursday, at Kirkintilloch East/Twechar Hillhead Community Centre (morning) and Twechar Healthy Living Centre (afternoon).