Shop workers fined £90 for selling Shildon teenager booze in police sting (From The Advertiser Series)
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Shop workers fined £90 for selling Shildon teenager booze in police sting
2:24pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
SHOP workers have been fined £90 after they sold alcohol to a 14-year-old girl during a police sting.
Shildon Police targeted ten shops in the town in a test purchase operation last Saturday. (September 21)
At each of the ten businesses the teenager tried to buy alcohol as members of the police’s alcohol reduction team waited outside.
Staff in six of the shops challenged the girl and asked for proof of age. When this was not provided the staff refused to serve her.
However in four of the off licences the staff failed to check the girl’s age and sold her alcohol.
She was sold alcohol by staff at Bargain Booze and Premier Express, on Main Street, Xpress Stores, on Cheapside, and Jubilee Fields Convenience Store, on Coronation Avenue.
Each shop worker who served her was issued with a £90 penalty notice for the offence of selling alcohol to a person under 18.
PC David Littlefair, of Shildon Police, said: “This result is rather disappointing compared to the last test purchase operation we did when every off license passed.
“People selling alcohol have a responsibility and should be aware of the harmful affect it has on young people.
“The police are aware of tactics under 18-year-olds use to try and purchase alcohol.
“Further operations are planned to reduce the problems the police and other agencies face with underage drinking.”
He added that the six shop keepers who challenged the youngster should be commended for not selling alcohol to her.