Police in underage alcohol sales swoop at East Hampshire stores

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OFF licences have passed a crackdown by police on selling alcohol to children.

Licensing officers carried out test purchases in Petersfield at the Co-op in Moggs Mead, Tesco Express in Charles Street, the General Wine Company and Ramshill Service Station.

There were tests in Bordon but only Whitehill Stores, in nearby Whitehill failed.

PC Alan Read, said: ‘The number of premises that passed and the conduct and professionalism of their staff, was extremely encouraging and shows that the message is getting through.’

He said further operations are planned.

Chief Inspector James Fulton said: ‘The supply of alcohol to underage people can lead to increases in anti-social behaviour and other associated disorder.

‘As the weather improves I will continue to put resources into these types of operations and those linked to on licensed premises such as pubs and clubs, assisting in making our communities safer and more attractive to visit.’