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Wednesday, 01 April 2015

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Seven Workington pubs and off-licences fined for serving underage drinkers

Seven pubs and off-licences have been issued with fines following an undercover sting in Workington.

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Inspector Craig Lory

A 15-year-old girl, accompanied by undercover police officers, attempted to buy alcohol at 22 licensed premises in the town, including independent retailers and national chains.

Of these, seven premises – four pubs and three off-licences – were issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice for selling alcohol to the teenager.

And police have warned that they will be revisiting the premises in the future to check up on them.

Inspector Craig Lory, from Allerdale Borough Neighbourhood Policing Team, said that there had been a “significant” drop in the number of premises selling alcohol to the 15-year-old, compared to the last operation.

“However, it is of concern that three of the premises that sold to us this time have done so previously,” he added.

“We will look to revisit these premises with our partners from Allerdale Council, to advise them and take any necessary further action,” added the inspector.

“We would like to thank all those proprietors who are taking positive action toward stopping the sale of alcohol to youths.”

And Insp Lory said he hopes that the operation will raise awareness to licensed premises to check the ages of people buying alcohol, especially as the Easter holidays approach.

The Workington crackdown, which took place on Saturday, follows a similar operation held last week in Wigton and Aspatria.

Trading Standards officers and police worked alongside each other in the operation which saw a 15-year-old visit eight premises in the two towns.

Seven of those premises refused to sell to the teenager, but a sale was carried out in one which resulted in an £80 fixed penalty notice.

Angela Jones, Cumbria Trading Standards manager, said: “I am pleased to see that the majority of retailers tested complied with their legal obligations. This exercise was not about catching people out, but is aimed at ensuring the health and wellbeing and quality of life of Cumbrian residents.

“We want to work with retailers to remind them of their responsibilities and reinforce the message to everyone that the sale of age-restricted products to children is irresponsible and illegal.”

Police are urging anyone who has concerns about the sale of alcohol to under-18s to contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.


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