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Police crackdown on pubs selling to under age boozers

Police crackdown on pubs selling to under age boozers

Police crackdown on pubs selling to under age boozers

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

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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