THREE shops were caught selling alcohol to underage teenagers in a police sting.
The stores, in Fareham and Gosport, failed to pass the test which saw two teenagers, aged 15 and 17, attempt to buy alcohol.
It is extremely important that these operations are carried out because we do not want anyone underage being served alcoholCouncillor Pamela Bryant
Twelve shops were tested by Hampshire Constabulary with Oasis off-licence in West Street and McColl’s in Broadlaw Walk in Fareham and Co-op in Rowner Road, Gosport, failing.
They could be fined £90 and will be the subject of a further test purchase operation in the next three months.
PC Jason Pearce, from the licensing team, said: ‘Officers are carrying out targeted patrols to combat anti-social behaviour in Fareham and Gosport and this can be linked to underage alcohol sales which can exacerbate the problem.
‘We will be confiscating alcohol from children and working with licensees to ensure that young people cannot buy alcoholic drinks.
‘Many teenagers have little adult supervision during the holidays and it could be easy for them to unintentionally become involved in activities that could cause distress or annoyance to someone else.’
The operation was carried out on August 11 to coincide with exam results week.
Specific areas where youths were gathering and acting anti-socially were identified beforehand by Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
Police say that the recent failures indicate that premises staff and management become complacent when they are not aware that there are tests being conducted.
Councillor Pamela Bryant, chairman of the licensing panel at Fareham Borough Council, said: ‘It’s extremely important that these operations are carried out because we do not want anyone underage being served alcohol.
‘Having one premises fail by selling the alcohol is too many. It’s important they learn that if they want to keep their licence, they must ID people.’
She added: ‘I have to commend the police for their work and targeting areas where they know there could be trouble.’