Test purchases were made in Hastings and Bexhill to identify licensed premises selling alcoholic drinks to children under 18 years old.
Neighbourhood licensing officers for both Hastings and Rother Districts, PCs Chris Trevena and Richard Wilkes, worked in partnership with officers from the Hastings’ Neighbourhood Policing Team and Trading Standards.
Bexhill News in London Road failed by selling alcohol to the volunteers and the shop assistant was issued with a £90 fine.
In the event of failed tests shopkeepers and assistants receive on-the-spot fines or are reported for summons for selling or permitting the sale of alcohol to a person under 18 years of age. Representatives of the premises concerned would also be required to meet with the local Neighbourhood Policing Inspector and Licensing Officer and expected to implement a range of measures aimed at addressing the problem. In some cases the local authority may decide to review the premises licence.
For information call the East Sussex Licensing team on 01273 470101 or alternatively via email on EastSussex.Licensing@sussex.pnn.police.uk