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Press Release

4th April 2013

Alcohol Test Purchase operation

10 pubs and licenced shops across the Fareham area were visited on Saturday, March 23 as part of a test purchasing operation by Hampshire Police.

Underage volunteers, (along with plain clothed police officers from the Licensing team), went in during the evening to see if they would be sold alcohol there.

Two of the premises failed the test and served the volunteers without asking for ID.

These were:

Penalty notices were given to the staff involved and officers will be doing follow-up work with them to help make sure this doesn't happen again.

Licensing officer PC Jason Pearce said: "Serving alcohol to people under the age of 18 is against the law and these operations are designed to identify premises that are not meeting the required standards.

"Failing premises can expect close attention from the police and they risk prosecution, closure of alcohol sales and a review of their premises licence.

"By working closely with the licensed premises we hope to reduce the number of under 18s having easy access to alcohol and therefore reduce any anti-social behaviour which may occur as a result.

"With good quality staff training and effective use of till technology no premises should fail such tests''.

Deputy Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Trevor Cartwright, said:

"I'm pleased that the majority of pubs and shops visited during this recent test purchase passed the test and didn't serve alcohol to the underage volunteer. This exercise highlights that some premises are still breaking the rules though and more work needs to be done. Through the continued work of the Community Safety Partnership, which includes Fareham Borough Council and Hampshire Police, we're aiming to reduce underage alcohol sales and the anti-social behaviour that it can cause."

If you know of licensed premises selling alcohol to those aged under 18 you can contact the licensing team on 101.

 

ENDS

Editor's notes

For Further Information Contact:

Lorna Tipper, PR and Marketing Support Officer, tel: 01329 824302

fax: 01329 824505, e-mail: publicity@fareham.gov.uk

This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases

 

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