Police to crackdown on underage drinking

AN operation to carry out checks on licensees in the Doncaster area are set to continue throughout December.

Throughout November, South Yorkshire Police carried out intelligence-led test purchase operations at pubs, off licences and clubs across the county.

Young people aged 15 to 16 will be visiting all licensed premises and will attempt to purchase alcohol.

A premises will encounter a fail if they serve the underage customer. The police will then return to inform the licenses of their failed test purchase operation and they will be issued with a fixed-penalty ticket.

Supt Shaun Morley, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We want to tackle underage drinking over the Christmas period and if we can get the licensed premises to be extra vigilant then we are some way to achieving this.

“We are wanting licensed premises to work with us and hold some responsibility when it comes to underage drinking.

“The test purchasing operations will be targeting those premises we have relevant intelligence to suggest they are serving alcohol to underage people.

“If a premises fails the first test purchase operation we will inform them, giving them chance to speak to all members of their staff and rectify the issue. If, however, they are caught twice, then tougher action is needed and they will therefore be asked to either close for 48 hours voluntarily or attend court.

“By having such robust consequences in place we are hoping that each premises will think twice about serving someone that looks underage without a valid form of ID.”