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Cotswold Shops Refuse Alcopop Sales
In a recent operation to tackle the problem of underage drinking, six out of seven shops in the Cotswolds refused to sell alcohol to two teenage girls.
Gloucestershire County Council Trading Standards Service visited seven shops to see if their teenage volunteers, aged 14 and 15, would be sold alcohol. Only one sold them bottles of alcopops.
The remainder of the premises refused the sales without proof of age.
Roger Marles, Head of Trading Standards, commented: "Although there was still a failure, it is a very positive step for the majority of traders to be requesting proof of age from these youngsters. We will continue to work with our colleagues in the police to maintain the pressure on shops to prevent underage sales of alcohol."
PC John Breakwell, Licensing Officer for the Stroud and Cotswolds District, said: "We are very pleased that the message not to sell alcohol to those under the age of 18 appears to be getting through to the managers and staff of off-licensed premises in the Cotswolds."
"However, there is no room for complacency and local police and trading standards officers will continue to monitor the situation by carrying out similar test-purchase operations at regular intervals in the future."
: 19/01/2007 20:13:59
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