POLICE have praised Congleton Borough Council's licensing authority for imposing strict punishments against a shop which sold alcohol to minors.
Officers say it should act as a warning to other store owners.
Most stores did well in 'test purchases' run by licensing staff by refusing to sell alcohol to youngsters.
But the authority has ruled that McColl's in Holmes Chapel will not be allowed to sell any alcohol after 4pm from Monday to Friday and at any time during the weekend for the next three months, as well as demanding other restrictions, after the shop failed two 'test purchases' in 18 months.
Inspector Mark Gammage said: 'This is exactly the kind of punishment we want, as this is a very serious issue.'