A teenage girl who went undercover as part of a crackdown on underage drinking was served by staff at four off licences in Preston, police revealed today.
A TEENAGE girl who went undercover as part of a crackdown on underage drinking was served by staff at four off licences in Preston, police revealed today. The 16-year-old girl joined a team of plain clothed officers who visited 11 premises across the city to catch out traders selling booze to children.
Four of them were caught red handed serving the teen during the operation on September 12.
Today, PC Julie Stewart, from Preston Police’s licensing department, said: “Selling alcohol to children is not only against the law but can also put these children at risk.
“We will continue to carry out similar operations and will take robust action against those who disregard their responsibilities when it comes to refusing sales to under-18s.”
She said four men, understood to be connected to the shops, are due to attend Preston Police Station where they will be spoken to in connection with the operation.
The action came as Lancashire Constabulary launched a week-long drive to highlight the realities of dealing with drunkenness and alcohol-related incidents.
The In Focus: Alcohol Harm initiative was part of a national campaign which saw police forces across the country patrolling known drinking hotspots as the college and university fresher season got underway.
The supply of alcohol to children is often connected to youngsters being sexually exploited or placed in vulnerable positions.
Officers in Preston also distributed posters to on and off-licences in the area surrounding the University of Central Lancashire to help promote safe drinking messages.
In addition leaflets were distributed around the Moor Nook estate in Ribbleton, Preston.