Police crackdown on pubs selling to under age boozers

Daily Echo: Police crackdown on pubs selling to under age boozers Police crackdown on pubs selling to under age boozers

Police have launched a crackdown on pubs and bars on the Isle of Wight selling alcohol to under age customers.

A host of wateringholes have been visited by licensing teams as part of a juvenile test-purchasing operation, which saw penalty notices issued to four premises across the island.

Two bars in Ryde, as well as a public house and a hotel in Shanklin, were handed the punishments after selling alcohol to a 16-year-old without requesting proof of age.

A further four pubs and two shops were tested, but staff asked for identification and refused the sale.

Amanda Gregory, Isle of Wight Council regulatory services manager, said: “It is very disappointing these four premises failed test purchase operations.

“The council works very closely with the police and we take a very dim view on any business that fails these operations, whether it be for selling alcohol, knives, tobacco or any other age-restricted product.”

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11:28am Fri 16 Nov 12

becks41 says...

Bit late for that. Why are the police not checking all pubs, Southampton is awful for under age drinking.
Bit late for that. Why are the police not checking all pubs, Southampton is awful for under age drinking. becks41

2:33pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Subject48 says...

no it isint, its the country pubs that do it. and if you are refering to underage street drinking its due to someone over 18 buying alcohol for the kids in supermarkets, in many cases its the parents.
no it isint, its the country pubs that do it. and if you are refering to underage street drinking its due to someone over 18 buying alcohol for the kids in supermarkets, in many cases its the parents. Subject48

2:57pm Fri 16 Nov 12

becks41 says...

In some cases it is the parents, but sadly not as many as you may believe. My daughter has been invited to many birthday parties held in pubs (she has not been allowed to attend) and the state that these CHILDREN come out of the parties is disgusting. One incident in a pub in town, all of the party goers were 16 and 17 and were all extremely intoxicated. You cannot blame the parents for everything.
In some cases it is the parents, but sadly not as many as you may believe. My daughter has been invited to many birthday parties held in pubs (she has not been allowed to attend) and the state that these CHILDREN come out of the parties is disgusting. One incident in a pub in town, all of the party goers were 16 and 17 and were all extremely intoxicated. You cannot blame the parents for everything. becks41

3:26pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Subject48 says...

oh yeah? did the parents not bother asking where their underage child is heading out to?

But in the circuimstance you describe, I wholeheartedly agree. Any event ive taken part in organising Ive always kicked out anyone underage who was drinking on site, even if accomapnied by adults. Because we did not want to loose the licence.

As a responsible parent I hope you have reported what you seen.
oh yeah? did the parents not bother asking where their underage child is heading out to? But in the circuimstance you describe, I wholeheartedly agree. Any event ive taken part in organising Ive always kicked out anyone underage who was drinking on site, even if accomapnied by adults. Because we did not want to loose the licence. As a responsible parent I hope you have reported what you seen. Subject48

4:48pm Fri 16 Nov 12

lovetheladies says...

My god what is wrong with someone underage having a few quiet beers...
My god what is wrong with someone underage having a few quiet beers... lovetheladies

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