Booze sold to underage teenagers

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CHECKS have been carried out on a number of licensed premises to ensure they are not selling alcohol and cigarette to underage teenagers.

Fifteen and 16-year-old volunteers were used to ensure shops were sticking to the law.

A couple of premises in Spalding failed the test, resulting in staff being issued with £80 fixed penalties.

Advisory letters inviting the licence holders to a meeting to discuss the matter to prevent further illegal sales were also sent and the premises will then be retested.

If there is a further breach police will apply for a review, which could see them lose their licences.

The premises that failed were B&M Stores in Winsover Road, which sold alcohol to one of the youngsters, and Delicja in Westlode Street, which sold alcohol and cigarettes.

The tobacco offence will be dealt with by Lincolnshire Trading Standards.

In Bourne, Sam’s Newsagent refused to sell alcohol but will be contacted by Trading Standards with advice about age verification best practice.

Cross Bros Spar in Knight Street, Pinchbeck, Jhay Store, of High Street, Kirton and Dobsons, in High Street, Billingborough all refused to sell alcohol and will not be retested unless new intelligence is received.