Bars ordered to shut after selling booze to under age kids

Bars ordered to shut after selling booze to under age kids

Bars ordered to shut after selling booze to under age kids

First published in Crime

Two Isle of Wight bars are to be closed for seven days after staff were repeatedly caught selling alcohol to juveniles.

In recent test-purchase operations carried out by police and local authority trading standards officers, two venues: Ryde Superbowl and Foleys Bar, Shanklin, sold alcohol to volunteer purchasers aged 16-years-old.

In one instance the purchaser was aged just 15-years-old.

Where an 'underage' sale is repeated within a 3 month period the licensee may have committed an offence of 'persistently selling alcohol to children.'

In response, authorities may impose a 'closure order' banning alcohol sales for a fixed period.

These orders, issued by Superintendent Will Schofield under Section 169A of the Licensing Act 2003, will apply from January 14 at Foley's and from February 4 at Ryde Superbowl.

Under this legislation 'closure' means all sales of alcohol are banned for the full 7-day period, but the premises may remain open for other lawful activities.

Police licensing sergeant Mark Voller said: "Police view selling alcohol to juveniles as a serious matter, as reflected by the action taken against these venues.

"We have repeatedly warned that bar staff must carry out 'proof of age' checks in line with the policy on the premises.

"We have found that where no attempt is made to check ID the risk of making an illegal sale increases sharply.

"Licensees must show their staff how to check customer ID, then make sure they actually do it."

He added: "Together with Trading Standards officers we have met with the licence holders for both bars, who reassured us that everything possible is now being done to prevent illegal sales.

"We hope other Island businesses will take note of this outcome and we are keen to assist any licensee who is unsure of the law or the measures they need to put in place."

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6:41pm Thu 10 Jan 13

sparkster says...

I have no sympathy for anyone selling alcohol to underage kids. I work in a shop we dont sell alcohol but i always ask for id for cigarettes, no id no sale
I have no sympathy for anyone selling alcohol to underage kids. I work in a shop we dont sell alcohol but i always ask for id for cigarettes, no id no sale sparkster
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6:49pm Thu 10 Jan 13

cliffwalker says...

If the police really view selling alcohol to juveniles as a serious matter, they would impose a penalty that would deter the businesses involved from persistantly selling alcohol to children. Seven days closure is a mere inconvenience. A proper penalty would be a month or more.
If the police really view selling alcohol to juveniles as a serious matter, they would impose a penalty that would deter the businesses involved from persistantly selling alcohol to children. Seven days closure is a mere inconvenience. A proper penalty would be a month or more. cliffwalker
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8:54pm Thu 10 Jan 13

J.P.M says...

cliffwalker wrote:
If the police really view selling alcohol to juveniles as a serious matter, they would impose a penalty that would deter the businesses involved from persistantly selling alcohol to children. Seven days closure is a mere inconvenience. A proper penalty would be a month or more.
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[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: If the police really view selling alcohol to juveniles as a serious matter, they would impose a penalty that would deter the businesses involved from persistantly selling alcohol to children. Seven days closure is a mere inconvenience. A proper penalty would be a month or more.[/p][/quote]blah blah................ .... J.P.M
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11:58pm Thu 10 Jan 13

andysaints007 says...

cliffwalker wrote:
If the police really view selling alcohol to juveniles as a serious matter, they would impose a penalty that would deter the businesses involved from persistantly selling alcohol to children. Seven days closure is a mere inconvenience. A proper penalty would be a month or more.
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[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: If the police really view selling alcohol to juveniles as a serious matter, they would impose a penalty that would deter the businesses involved from persistantly selling alcohol to children. Seven days closure is a mere inconvenience. A proper penalty would be a month or more.[/p][/quote]YAWN andysaints007
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