Alcohol test purchase operation in Barnsley

Date published: 30 May 2019 17:03
Dated: 30 May 2019 17:58:33

On Tuesday evening (30 May), officers from Cudworth visited six businesses across Barnsley as part of a test purchase operation to ensure alcohol is not being served to under 18’s.

PC Sam Whitehead and PC Peter Jackson worked with two of our young cadets who entered various premises in Cudworth, Grimethorpe, Brierley and Honeywell and attempted to buy alcohol of different varieties. 

Of the six businesses tested, four passed. The two that failed were issued a fixed penalty ticket.

The law clearly states that alcohol cannot be sold to under 18’s and a challenge 25 approach should be taken for ID. The ticket fines issued are to the individual who sells the alcohol, not the business itself - the fine is £90.

One store failed the test for selling a bottle of WKD and the other failed for selling a bottle of Frosty Jack’s cider.

Sergeant Richard Wilson, from the North East Neighbourhood team in Barnsley said: “It is the responsibility of businesses to ensure their staff are aware of the law and have received sufficient training to enforce ID checks.

“We are committed to protecting our younger members of the community and will continue to conduct these operations to ensure alcohol isn’t being sold.

“I am pleased to say that four out of the six shops passed but I would like to see a 100% pass rate in the future.”
If you have any concerns about the sale of alcohol to underage people, or would like to report something to police, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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