A MAYBOLE shop owner has been issued a written warning for failing to display a drinks licence near the alcohol stand.

Arif Ali Malik, who owns Nicedays on Maybole’s Highstreet, did not display any notices at the till regarding criminal offences if alcohol is sold to minors.

Catrina Andrew, Licensing Standards Officer, visited the store on October 9 this year unannounced as part of her general monitoring duties.

Ms Andrew said: “On approach to the premises I noticed an advertising poster for alcohol in a display frame to the right of the door on the outside of the building which was out with the alcohol display area. 

“This is a breach of paragraph 13 of schedule 3 of Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 as amended.

“At the time there were two staff members on duty; neither of whom hold a personal licence but advised they were jointly in charge of the premises.

“Having identified myself I looked around the premises and noted the absence of a Summary Licence, which should be on display in accordance with section 52 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.”

The issue was discussed by the licensing board at South Ayrshire Council last week by councillors who adjourned their meeting to determine what the solution should be.

Chairman Craig MacKay said: “We have decided to give you a written warning at this stage. If there are any other incidents you will be back in Ayr.

“We don’t want to see you back here.”