Police tackle drink sales to underaged

10 premises served alcohol to underage teenagers
10 premises served alcohol to underage teenagers

Police made 170 alcohol seizures, carried out test purchasing and sent eight warning letters during visits to 400 licensed premises in Burnley and across Lancashire.

Bars, pubs, hotels, off-licences and takeaways were visited by officers as part of a campaign to highlight alcohol-related incidents.

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary joined forces with councils, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and the health service as part of the In Focus: Alcohol Harm initiative – a national campaign which saw police forces across the country patrolling drinking hotspots as college and university freshers’ season got under way.

During test purchasing operations, 42 premises were visited and 10 of these failed by selling alcohol to someone underage. An improvement notice was also issued to one establishment for public safety.

Supt Stuart Noble, from Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Not only is alcohol often a contributory factor to anti-social behaviour, it is also linked to violent crime, domestic abuse and child abuse.

“The police do a huge amount of work day in, day out, to prevent alcohol-related crime and this campaign aimed to raise awareness of the work we do alongside other agencies. We will continue to work with other agencies and licensed premises in Lancashire to try to keep our residents and visitors safe.

“It is not just for the police to tackle though. Alcohol harm is a social issue that we all have a stake in solving. Residents of Lancashire can help by not drinking excessively and by taking responsibility for themselves and their friends.”

Jacqui Sumner, health improvement specialist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, added: “Alcohol-related harm continues to be one of the key health risks to our society and alcohol-related hospital admissions continue to increase.

“We know that one in four adults are drinking above healthy drinking guidelines which can increase risk to their health, safety and wellbeing.”