A TOWN centre club that "drove a coach and horses" through licensing regulations has lost an appeal against the suspension of its licence.

Jeffrey Barnett appeared at Warrington Crown Court to appeal against his sentence for the multiple selling of alcohol to underage teenagers at Club Casi on two days in April 2007 and one day in May 2007.

But Judge Roger Dutton refused the appeal stating that it was not merely a trivial breach of the licensing legislation but "driving a coach and horses through the legislation".

The club was twice found to have sold drink to underage women while in May it failed a test purchase organised by trading standards and police officers.

Barnett was present on all three occasions and, at the time, was both premises licence holder and the designated premises supervisor.

Licensing officer Paul Draycott said: "The judge has sent out a clear message to all licensed premises in Warrington that if they fail to stick to the licensing regulations and they fail to meet ArcAngel standards, then positive action will be taken by the police and Trading Standards against the premises.

"It is time that licensees realise that they have a duty of care to the people who drink in their pubs and clubs and that they will be held to account if they fall short of the standards we have set. We will continue to target those premises which choose to abuse the law."

He later appeared at Warrington Magistrates' Court where he was fined, his personal licence was suspended for 6 months and the premises licence was suspended for 3 months in relation to the sale of alcohol.

The club is owned by The Rock Club Ltd and the appeal was based on Barnett claiming he was only an employee and that the suspension would affect the livelihood of 20 members of staff.