SERVICE station workers have been given approval to sell alcohol 24 hours a day seven days a week.

The St Cuthbert’s Way Service Station, on Aycliffe Industrial Park, Newton Aycliffe, applied to Durham County Council to vary its premises licence.

The business is open 24-hours a day every day. It can sell late night refreshments each day from 11pm to 5am.

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Under the terms of its licence the business, on St Cuthbert’s Way, was allowed to sell alcohol for off-site consumption each day between 6am and 1am.

The county council agreed to vary the service station’s licence regarding the sale of off-site alcohol sales.

At the council’s statutory licensing sub-committee meeting today (Tuesday, April 1) the authority agreed to allow alcohol sales 24-hours a day every day.

Durham Police had raised concerns that changing the licence could lead to crime and disorder problems and the force is to monitor the situation.