Under-age alcohol sting operation fails to catch licensees out

PUBLISHED: 16:56 23 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 06 May 2010

A 15-year-old volunteer pretending to be a customer at licensed premises in the St Albans district drew a blank when he tried to buy alcohol. He was taking part in a Herts Trading Standards undercover operation to detect illegal sales of alcohol in St Alb

A 15-year-old volunteer pretending to be a customer at licensed premises in the St Albans district drew a blank when he tried to buy alcohol.

He was taking part in a Herts Trading Standards undercover operation to detect illegal sales of alcohol in St Albans and Harpenden.

He went to three licensed premises in St Albans and one in Harpenden but no-one was prepared to sell alcohol to him.

Greeting the zero tolerance stance, Cllr Richard Smith, the county council's executive member for community safety, said: "It is pleasing to find that shopkeepers are listening to our advice. However, we are not complacent and will continue to actively pursue shopkeepers who illegally sell age-restricted goods.

"Shopkeepers should bear in mind that if they are caught selling alcohol to anyone under the age of18, they could have their licences reviewed and possibly revoked.

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