Police and council target under-age alcohol sales

Posted on Monday 8th February 2010 at 8:22 am by SH (Editor)

Teenage volunteers have helped police and South Gloucestershire Council Trading Standards officers check whether stores will sell alcohol to under-18s.

The operation, on Friday January 29 2010, focused on off-licences and convenience stores in Cadbury Heath, Kingswood, Oldland Common, Warmley and Willsbridge.

Nine premises were checked by the volunteers aged 14 and 16.

In three of them, the youngsters were able to buy alcohol – despite showing an identity card with their true age on it.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Rachael Hodges said: “There is a clear link between under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour, and it’s disappointing that we had sales in Kingswood, Oldland Common and Warmley, where we have been working hard to tackle these problems.

“Steps will now be taken to ensure that the sale that did take place will not be repeated, while those who refused to sell will be sent a letter of appreciation.

“This result is all the more disappointing because all the licensees had a letter beforehand explaining that we would be making these checks. Licensees have a responsibility to ensure that alcohol does not fall into the wrong hands.”

Councillor Heather Goddard, executive member for communities, said: “It is disappointing that three premises sold underage alcohol. It is an issue that we will not tolerate and we will continue our work with the police to help ensure that this does not happen again.”

Anyone selling alcohol to an under-18 or buying on behalf of a minor could be fined up to £5,000.

Anyone with concerns about under-age alcohol sales can contact the Neighbourhood Team at Filton Police Station on 0845 456 7000. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police

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