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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Summer crackdown on Cumbria's underage drinkers

A crackdown on underage drinking will be rolled out across Cumbria during the summer.

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Angela Jones

The operation organised between police and Trading Standards started in west Cumbria when two underage drinkers visited three pubs in Cockermouth – and were served every time. On another occasion in Keswick, a volunteer went to three off licences and was given alcohol at one of them.

Each seller was given an on-the-spot fine by Cumbria police.

Angela Jones, Trading Standards Service manager, said it was “extremely disappointing” that four of the six retailers had sold alcohol. She warned they would be out again doing test purchase operations.

“Along with the police and other partners we work hard to educate traders of the dangers posed to young people accessing alcohol,” she said.

“I’d remind businesses that they should ask for identification that proves a person is 18 or older, such as a passport, driving licence or proof of age card, before selling age-restricted products to young people.

“Additionally I would warn businesses to be cautious and to challenge any adults who may be purchasing alcohol or tobacco on behalf of an underage person.”

PC Alan Taylor said the premises had been given £90 fines and the details would be passed to Allerdale licensing department.

“We will also be following up on this operation,” he said.

“If any premises identified during this operation are found to make further sales to underage childrenthey risk a significant increase in fines as well as the potential for their license to be reviewed.”

Anyone with information regarding the possible supply of alcohol, tobacco or other age restricted products to children can contact Trading Standards via the confidential Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506 or Cumbria police on 101.

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