Sunderland bar failed underage drinking sting

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CITY centre bars are being targeted in a crackdown on young boozers.

Sunderland Central Neighbourhood Policing Team joined forces with council Trading Standards officers for a test purchase operation using three volunteers, aged 15 and 16.

Of 11 pubs and bars visited, one sold three bottles of beer to an underage volunteer without asking for proof of age.

The member of bar staff was given an £80 fixed penalty notice by officers.

The other 10 refused to serve the youngsters and asked to see identification.

Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Hall said: “Overall we’re pleased that the vast majority of our city centre bars passed this test with flying colours.

“But the fact that one bar failed to check the age of the young customer shows that we still need to be vigilant and carry out regular enforcement checks.

“These premises can rest assured that we will be visiting them again soon - and next time we hope their staff pass our test.

“We work closely with our partners at Trading Standards to enforce the law and make sure that licensed premises are aware of their responsibility not to serve alcohol to children.

“Alcohol-related youth disorder is an issue we’re addressing and cutting antisocial behaviour is a priority for officers.

“Licensed premises found selling alcohol to any child will receive fines and could lose their licence to sell alcohol.”