Bolton Council and GMP have cracked down on pubs and clubs selling alcohol to underage young people this Christmas.
Bolton Council’s Licensing Team visited various premises in pubs and bars in and around Bolton, offering advice and carrying out test purchases.
The exercise was designed to remind traders that under-age drinking can cause serious health and social problems and to ask them to be particularly vigilant during the Christmas period. It is illegal for retailers to sell alcohol to under-18s and persistent offenders are liable to a maximum fine of £20,000. Buying alcohol on behalf of under-18s can also result in a fixed penalty notice of £90.
Officers act on information from the public and police about suspected illegal sales or in areas where there are alcohol problem hot spots. All six of the premises where test purchases were made using underage teenagers sold alcohol illegally and were all issued with a fixed penalty notice of £90 and could face court action.
The premises caught selling alcohol to minors were Church Hotel Kearsley; Shakespeare, Farnworth; Victory Hotel, Chorley Old Rd; Seven Stars, Harwood; Post Office Bar, Bradshawgate; Shots Bar, Bradshawgate.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Nick Peek said:
“We are determined to crack down on underage purchases of alcohol, which can cause serious health and social problems for young people.
We’d like to remind all premises to stay alert over the holidays and make sure they and their staff are familiar with the law and with schemes such as Challenge 25. Staff should always ask young people for age identification if in doubt and should refuse to serve those underage.
Drinking too much can cause serious health problems and put young people at risk of becoming victims of crime or losing control with sometimes devastating consequences.”