Test Purchase Operation - Staff Are On The Ball

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Test Purchase Operation - Staff Are On The Ball

Test Purchase Operation Shows Stroud Staff Are On The Ball

Staff working in on- and off-license premises in Stroud are heeding the law preventing the sale of alcohol to under 18s, according to the results of a recent test purchasing operation.

On Friday April 13 plain-clothes officers accompanied a young person under legal drinking age to eight off-licences and bars in Stroud, Ebley, Bussage and Stonehouse.

At each location the youngster made attempts to buy alcohol, but on each occasion staff refused the sale and demanded to see proof-of-age identification.

PC John Breakwell, licensing officer for Stroud police, said he had been pleased with the positive response.

"The results of this operation are clearly good news as it shows off-licence and bar staff are stringently applying the drinking laws," he said.

"It indicates that the majority of those in the alcohol sales trade are conscious of attempts by young people to purchase alcohol."

Despite the success of the recent operation PC Breakwell said police would continue to scrutinise the drinks trade in Stroud.

"There is a well-established link between the consumption of alcohol and anti-social behaviour and violent crime," he said.

"Where the consumption of alcohol is by young people the problems in relation to anti-social behaviour can be exacerbated as they frequently drink in residential areas or public places such as precincts, parks and alleyways.

"Because of these problems police will continue to carry out both overt checks and test-purchase operations on premises selling alcohol in the Stroud area."

Posted : 18/04/2007 17:06:24

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