A record number of 5 pubs and off licences in Fareham have failed the latest Juvenile Test Purchasing Operation, by serving underage youngsters alcohol.
Underage volunteers aged 16 and 17, along with plain clothed police officers from the Licensing team, went into the shops and pubs on Saturday 13 September to see if they would be sold alcohol.
Of the 11 premises that were tested, 5 failed to ask the young people for ID and sold them alcohol.
Two of the failed premises were tested due to community intelligence and two pubs had new landlords who were both visited by police officers the week before the tests for a 'welcome to Fareham' induction meeting, which included a discussion surrounding the need to check for ID and Police testing.
Each of the failed premises will now receive a follow up intervention to identify why the failure happened and what changes need to be made, as well as to receive advice and to educate members of staff.
However, two of the pubs that failed the previous test 3 months ago both passed with good confident staff challenges. This shows that they have taken on board the follow up Police intervention and have vastly improved their in-house training and procedures.
Chairman of Fareham Community Safety Partnership, Councillor Trevor Cartwright said: "This is a record number of failures in Fareham which is disappointing, but it goes to show that these tests are essential in ensuring that we reduce the number of underage drinking in the borough."
Licensing Officer PC Jason Pearce said:" 'Premises can expect further tests on the lead up to Christmas. It is frustrating that any premises fails such tests because it should be instinctive to ask for ID if in doubt over a persons age. The consequences can be serious, a premises last year lost its licence'.
Notes to editor:
The premises tested were:
1) Premier Store (off licence) Red Lands Lane, Fareham - passed, staff requested ID and refused sale.
2) The Roundabout Hotel (pub), Fareham - passed, positive challenge for ID, refused sale.
3) The Delme Arms (pub), Fareham - failed. Staff member sold vodka drinks without requesting ID.
4) Premier Store, Linden Lea, Portchester (off licence) - passed. Staff requested ID and refused sale.
5) The Seagull (pub), Portchester - failed. Staff member sold beer and vodka without requesting ID.
6) The Hoeford Inn (pub), A32 Fareham - passed. Positive challenge for ID from staff. (Premises had failed at last test)
7) Grande Wines (off licence) Stubbington - failed. Staff member sold bottle of Lambrini without requesting ID.
8) TGI's, Segensworth - failed. Staff member sold 2 x Peroni beer bottles without requesting
9) The Talisman (pub) - passed. Staff member requested ID and refused sale. (Premises had failed at last test)
10) BP Petrol Station, (off licence), Park Gate - passed. Staff requested ID and refused sale.
11) The CO-OP (off licence), Warsash Rd - failed. Staff member sold bottle of wine without requesting ID.
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This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
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