Four pubs and off-licences in the Rossendale Valley have been caught selling alcohol to an underage youngster during a recent joint operation.
Police teamed up with Rossendale Council to conduct a test purchase operation which involved a volunteer visiting six pubs and four off-licences in Waterfoot, attempting to buy alcohol.
Six of the 10 premises tested passed the operation, challenging the volunteer to present ID or refusing to serve them at all.
Following the operation, Licensing Sgt Michelle Dixon said: “It is encouraging that most of the shops and pubs visited passed the test and didn’t sell any alcohol to the volunteer.
“However, it’s still extremely disappointing that four of the ten tested didn’t ask for ID and went on to sell alcohol to in effect, was a child.
“I would encourage all off-licences to challenge anyone who looks underage to provide ID, and if they just aren’t sure, asking for ID is the best way to ensure that you’re selling alcohol to people of over the legal age of 18.
“We will be carrying out similar operations in the future.”
The operation took place on 21 February 2014.