Woman cautioned after using fake licence to run Mansfield pub

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A 23-YEAR-OLD woman has been handed a police caution after she gave officials a fake licence while trying to register to run a Mansfield pub.

Nottinghamshire Police and Mansfield District Council said the woman was caught out while trying to get onto the council’s record of people permitted to run licensed premises.

The woman was applying to be listed as a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS).

Licensing officers asked to see her personal licence to supply alcohol, which must be held by anyone intending to be a DPS .

But after a few days she handed in a document which raised the suspicions of officers.

When interviewed by police, she admitted she had downloaded the fake licence from the internet.

She received a police caution and is now banned from applying for a genuine council-approved personal licence in the future.

Neither the name of the pub nor the identity of the woman have been released.

But a Mansfield District Council spokesman said they understood the woman was caught while trying to take up the offer of promotion within the pub company she already worked for.

Said Insp Mark Webster of Nottinghamshire Police: “There are strict training and accreditation processes in place to be able to run a public house under the Licensing Act 2003.

“This culminates with an application to the local council’s licensing authority. This is an example of a clear violation of this process.”

Using false licences and identification of any kind is a “serious matter” and can be treated as fraud, he said.

Added Insp Webster: “Any offence relating to the fraudulent buying or selling of alcohol has serious implications for individuals and the community as a whole and will not be tolerated.”