Sheffield off licences praised by officers after test purchase operation

Date published: 29 July 2019 12:01
Dated: 29 July 2019 12:57:15

Off-licences across Sheffield have been praised for their commitment to protecting our young people in Sheffield.

Last week, officers visited 11 off-licence stores in Ecclesfield, Burngreave and the city centre as part of a test purchase operation to ensure alcohol is not being sold to underage people.

Officers worked with volunteers aged 15 and 16, who entered a variety of premises in the town centre and surrounding area and attempted to buy knives alcohol of different varieties.

John O’ Malley, Liquor licensing Manager from Moss Way Police Station said: “We carry out regular test purchase operations in order to keep our communities and young people safe.

“We work closely with businesses to ensure that they are obeying the law and challenging young people for ID and enforcing a challenge 25 policy.

“Yesterday we visited 11 stores and I am pleased to say that ten out of eleven passed, after challenging our 15 and 16 year-old volunteers and refusing to sell alcohol.

“This is an excellent result and I would like to praise all the business for taking their responsibility seriously.

“The store that failed the test purchase was given a fixed penalty notice and offered the choice of attending a safeguarding course. Our teams will continue to monitor this store.”

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