Shopkeepers fail drink test
Last updated at 11:24, Thursday, 15 August 2013
THREE Whitehaven retailers have been caught selling alcohol to a minor.
The shops were caught during a county-wide clampdown on underage drinking, organised by Cumbria Trading Standards and the police.
A 16-year-old volunteer visited six Whitehaven retailers to make test purchases and was served alcohol on three occasions.
Trading Standards would not publicly name the three guilty premises.
Anyone selling alcohol to underage people is liable to a £90 fine and further offences could lead to a retailer losing their alcohol licence. Investigations into the sales are ongoing.
Angela Jones, Trading Standards Services manager for Cumbria County Council, said: “We are disappointed three retailers sold alcohol to the volunteer. Our staff work closely with traders to achieve compliance with the law throughout the year and these undercover checks form a vital part of that work.
“We will be repeating this exercise over the coming weeks and I would urge all retailers to ask young people trying to buy alcohol to show identification proving they are aged 18 or over.
“This project is not about catching people out but aims to ensure the health, wellbeing and quality of life of Cumbrian residents. We want to work with retailers to remind them of their responsibilities and reinforce the message to everyone that the sale of age-restricted products to children is both irresponsible and illegal.”
A Cumbria Police spokesperson said: “It was disappointing that three premises failed the test purchase.
“We will continue to work closely with Trading Standards in any future operations to ensure that this does not happen again.
“Alcohol being sold to those who are underage is not acceptable and we aim to do everything we can to prevent this from happening in Copeland.”
Anyone with any information about the possible supply of alcohol, tobacco or other age-restricted products to under-age children can contact Trading Standards via the confidential Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506.
First published at 11:21, Thursday, 15 August 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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With regard to retiredgreyhound's comment: "Punishment as follows Take their licence away, no more trading" - you sir, want to a get a grip. Given the incredibly uncertain economic times we live in, how exactly would preventing businesses from trading have anything but a negative impact? If they must be punished, I think a spell in the stocks might be a far more suitable proposal.In response to 'Observer', I think you've been on the ale, sunshine. You can't even spell 'premises'.Do you honestly think anyone is going to boycott an offie, particularly in such a rural setting? In some areas of Cumbria, the local offie is the only shop for miles. I can't see anybody willing to walk to the next one for a few tinnies or a loaf of bread or whatever, can you?
Punishment as followsTake their licence away, no more trading
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