Greyhound fined in Louth test purchase operation

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A test purchase operation by Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Trading Standards has led to a Louth premises being fined.

A joint operation targeting underage sales of alcohol was conducted on Thursday August 8.

Two volunteers aged 16 and 17 attempted to buy alcohol in a number of premises in Lincoln and Louth.

Two premises, one in Lincoln and one in Louth either refused entry or refused the sale of alcohol, but the Greyhound in Upgate did sell and was issued with a fine.

A £90 PND was issued to staff making the sale and the premises operator was invited to meet with Police Licensing and Trading Standards officers at a date to be determined.

Daniel Brown, trading standard officer, said: “Illegal sales of alcohol to youngsters are not acceptable and we are committed to working with our partners and Lincolnshire businesses to prevent them. Operations such as this one help tackle the problem of underage drinking by sending out a clear message to traders that we are monitoring their activity and that we are prepared to take action against those that break the law.”

Licensing officer PC Ian Figgitt said: “These test purchase operations are all intelligence led, involving premises where we have received information that the staff are selling age-restricted products to underage people.

“On the receipt of such information, the people running the shops, pubs, bars or clubs are sent letters advising them that this information has been received to enable them to check their staff and ensure they are not selling or to stop them selling.

“They are advised that the premises will be tested and invited to discuss any concerns or issues they may have identified following our initial warning communication.

“Following a sale to our volunteers, the premises operators are informed and invited to an informal meeting to explain our procedures, identify any potential weaknesses in their operation which may need addressing and to warn them of the serious potential consequences if they are found to be selling a second time.

“We make serious efforts to warn, educate and advise suspect premises to deal with this issue of underage sales and the impact it has upon anti social and criminal behaviour in local communities and the harmful effects on the health of young people.”