Police catch Preston shops selling booze to kids

Crackdown: Paul Noone
Crackdown: Paul Noone
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Police have launched a clampdown on under-age drinking after shock results from a booze shop blitz in Preston.

Six out of eight premises failed the test when officers sent in a teenage volunteer to buy alcohol. Fixed penalty fines of £90 were handed out to cashiers who sold the drinks without asking for proof of age. Two shop owners have been summoned to attend the city’s police station to talk to licensing officers.

We encourage businesses to adopt a “Check 25” policy where staff ask for proof of age from anyone who appears under 25

And police have hinted they could extend their test purchasing to more retailers after admitting disappointment with the results of the evening exercise.

Two unnamed premises on Fishergate Hill and one each in Fishergate, Corporation Street, Harewood Road and Deepdale Road all failed the test.

Police sent in a 16-year-old to try and buy alcohol and in only two of the eight shops visited did staff ask for identification.

Paul Noone, Lancashire’s head of trading standards, said: “We work with businesses, the police and other organisations to try to ensure alcohol isn’t sold to people aged 18 or under.

“We encourage businesses to adopt a “Check 25” policy where staff ask for proof of age from anyone who appears under 25.”

Contact police on 101 with information.