Crackdown on sale of alcohol to youngsters in Rugby

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WARWICKSHIRE County Council’s Trading Standards Service and Warwickshire Police are cracking down on the illegal sale of alcohol to children across Rugby.

On Tuesday, July 19 Warwickshire Trading Standards Officers and Warwickshire Police visited 11 off-licences across the borough, accompanied by a 15 year old child volunteer.

The child volunteer was asked to attempt to purchase alcohol from each premise but on each occasion was challenged and no sale was made.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection said: “We realise that under age drinking is a very serious problem for many Warwickshire communities and we remain determined to tackle the health related and anti-social problems associated with the drunken behaviour of young people.

“I am delighted that off-licence retailers in Rugby are taking their responsibilities seriously and not selling alcohol to children.”

Warwickshire Trading Standards Service works with alcohol retailers to provide them with advice and information on the law and how to ensure they do not sell age restricted products (such a alcohol) to children. These measures include asking for ID and displaying warning signs.

The service will continue carrying out undercover test purchase exercises across the county.

The premises in this exercise were chosen based upon intelligence gathered about the illegal sale of alcohol.

Retailers who sell age restricted products to children can face the prospect of losing their licence.