Media release - issued 22 Nov 2018

Test purchasing of alcohol

Eight out of nine pubs passed with flying colours when recent alcohol test purchases with underage young people were made in Aldershot and Farnborough pubs.

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary and Rushmoor Borough Council carried out the test purchases in the towns using two 17-year-old volunteers.

Eight passed the check, including two that had previously failed, but one pub in Aldershot tried to sell alcohol to one of the 17 year olds. The pub had been tested before and passed, and as this was its first failure, it is now working with licensing officers from the council.

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Operational Services, said: "It's disappointing that one of the pubs failed, and we will be working closely with the staff to make sure this doesn't happen again. We don't take action in the first instance, but if they are caught again we will not hesitate to take further action.

"It's good to see the vast majority of our pubs and their staff remain vigilant and being careful about who they are selling alcohol to."

 
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