FIVE BUXTON pubs and off-licences have been found to be breaking the law after an undercover operation to find premises selling alcohol to underage customers.
Derbyshire Police officers joined forces with Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team and High Peak Borough Council’s licensing department to carry out the operation with the help of young volunteers who posed as customers.
Two 17-year-old volunteers visited 15 premises and were served alcohol in five of them; two were off-licences and three were town centre pubs.
PC Sandra Barlow, police licensing officer for the High Peak said: “It is disappointing that five premises visited during this operation sold alcohol to underage volunteers.
“The High Peak has a high rate of alcohol related hospital admissions for teenagers and we are committed to working alongside our partners to help prevent young people from purchasing alcohol.
“Underage drinking can have a negative impact on the whole community and can lead to disorder, criminal damage or more serious offending; those found to be breaking the law will face prosecution.”
Those premises which failed the test purchase operation, carried out on Saturday, October 22, are now under investigation by police and trading standards.
Chief Inspector Tim Frohwein, who is in charge of operations in the High Peak said: “Not only is underage drinking associated with anti-social behaviour, it also puts a young person’s safety at risk so we will continue to work with our partners to protect young people and the wider community from the harmful effects of irresponsible drinking by carrying out these spot checks.”
Test purchase operations are regularly carried out throughout Derbyshire and similar checks are being planned for the future.