Local News | Police Target Pubs in Underage Drinking Clampdown | Andover & VillagesWiltshire Police conducted licensed premises test purchases on Friday 21 April 2017 in Tidworth, Salisbury and Amesbury.

Two male volunteers aged 15 visited pubs and attempted to buy alcoholic drinks.

Five premises were visited in total on this occasion, three of which challenged the youngsters and either refused them entry or declined to serve them alcohol.

Unfortunately there were two pubs which failed the test purchase; The George Hotel and New Inn in Amesbury. In both premises, alcohol was sold to the boys. Fixed penalty notices with a £90 charge were given to the bar staff who served the drinks and the management have received follow up police and licensing visits.

The venues tested which adhered to licensing law will receive letters to inform the management of the successful visit.

Police Licensing Officer, Sue Thurman- Newell said: “The two venues have received improvement sanctions which means that they must refresh staff training and demonstrate adherence to the conditions of their licenses. Premises are required by law to have age verification procedures in place to prevent under age sales of alcohol and we will continue to run test purchase operations across the county to identify and take action where needed.

“Apart from it being illegal to sell to those under age there is also the fact that we often see a link between underage drinking and anti-social behaviour. In addition to the work we are doing with licenced premises, we would encourage parents/guardians to talk to children/young adults about the law and responsible drinking.

“Overall we are pleased that in this test, albeit a small group, the majority of venues were adhering to the law and refused to sell to the young people.”

Supt Phil Staynings said: “One of our key licensing priorities is the protection of children from harm aligned to alcohol, meaning that further test purchase operations are planned across Wiltshire. Those premises in breach of licensing laws will be dealt with robustly resulting in further action and potentially the loss of their licence.”

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