Two pubs caught selling alcohol to underage teens
Two Lincolnshire pubs have been fined after being caught selling alcohol to underage teens.
Lincolnshire Police and Trading Standards targeted a number of premises in an operation against underage drinking.
Two volunteers aged 16 and 17 tried to buy alcohol as part of the test.
They targeted a number of premises in Lincoln and in Louth.
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The Lincolnshire Poacher in Bunkers Hill in Lincoln was fined for the sale of alcohol to underage volunteers.
A £90 Penalty Notice for Disorder was given to staff who made the sale and its manager will meet with Police and Trading Standards officers.
The Greyhound at 38 Upgate, in Louth, also sold alcohol to the underage volunteers and was handed the same fine and conditions.
The staff who sold the alcohol at both premises will also be retested.
Daniel Brown, trading standard officer, said: "Illegal sales of alcohol to youngsters are not acceptable and we are committed to working with our partners and Lincolnshire businesses to prevent them.
"Operations such as this one help tackle the problem of underage drinking by sending out a clear message to traders that we are monitoring their activity and that we are prepared to take action against those that break the law."
Licensing officer PC Ian Figgitt added: “These test purchase operations are all intelligence led, involving premises where we have received information that the staff are selling age-restricted products to underage people.
“On the receipt of such information, the people running the shops, pubs, bars or clubs are sent letters advising them that this information has been received to enable them to check their staff and ensure they are not selling or to stop them selling.
“They are advised that the premises will be tested and invited to discuss any concerns or issues they may have identified following our initial warning communication.
“Following a sale to our volunteers, the premises operators are informed and invited to an informal meeting to explain our procedures, identify any potential weaknesses in their operation which may need addressing and to warn them of the serious potential consequences if they are found to be selling a second time."
One other shop in Lincoln and one in Louth were targeted, but they either refused entry or refused the sale of alcohol.