Wiltshire Police conducted a repeat licensed premises test in The George Hotel and The New Inn, Amesbury. The two pubs failed the test purchase in April this year when two 15 year old boys who were helping the force, successfully purchased alcohol.
This time both pubs refused to sell to volunteer police cadets, aged 17. Had they failed for a second time, the licensees would have faced a review of their licence by Wiltshire Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee.
Police Licensing Officer, Sue Thurman-Newell said: “The two venues had received improvement sanctions which meant that they needed to refresh staff training and demonstrate adherence to the conditions of their licence.
Premises are required by law to have age verification procedures in place to prevent under-age sales of alcohol and we will continue to run test purchase operations across the county to identify and take action where needed.
“Apart from it being illegal to sell to those under age there is also the fact that we often see a link between underage drinking and anti-social behaviour. In addition to the work we are doing with licensed premises, we would encourage parents or guardians to talk to young people about the law and responsible drinking.
“We are pleased that, on this occasion, the venues were adhering to the law and refused to sell to the young people. Robust procedures are now in place at the two premises.”
Supt Phil Staynings, head of crime prevention, said: “One of our key licensing priorities is the protection of children from harm caused by alcohol, meaning that further test purchase operations are planned across Wiltshire.
Those premises in breach of licensing laws will be dealt with robustly, resulting in further action and potentially the loss of their licence."