Lancashire’s small shops found to have inadequate alcohol checks

Risk: Janice Hanson
Risk: Janice Hanson
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Hundred’s of licensed premises have been visited by Trading Standards and police officers to assess the measures they have in place to check a young person’s age.

They found that the majority of smaller independently owned businesses were found to have inadequate ‘due diligence’ systems in place, meaning that staff could inadvertently break the law by selling alcohol to people who are under age.

It comes as an initiative that encourages people who are over 18 but look under 25 to carry ID when they are buying alcohol was launched at a conference in Lancashire, as part of Alcohol Awareness Week.

The conference heard that licensed premises are now legally obliged to publish a policy outlining their approach to checking the age of customers who wish to buy alcohol to reduce the likelihood of under-age sales.

Janice Hanson, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said: “What we’re aiming to do here is to reduce the number of young people and communities who will be placed at risk of alcohol-related harm. In most cases, if Check 25 was correctly implemented, this risk could be significantly reduced.”

ACC Mark Bates said: “This is a really positive scheme and we will be working closely with our partners, including licensees, to make Lancashire a ‘Check 25 County’.

“The scheme not only provides young people with affective ID for all age related products, but, more importantly, it will have a real impact on the sale of alcohol to under-18s.

“The scheme will encourage safety and is a part of a range of measures designed to make Lancashire a safe and ‘Check 25 County’.”