Portchester pub and shop caught out in alcohol sting

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TWO shops and pubs were caught out in a sting to stop the sale of alcohol to children.

Underage volunteers, accompanied by plain clothes police officers, went to see if they would be sold alcohol at 10 different pubs and shops in Fareham on March 23.

The Seagull pub in Portchester and the BP/M&S garage in Portchester both failed the test by serving the volunteers without asking for ID.

Penalty notices were given to the staff and officers will do follow-up work to make sure it does not happen again.

Licensing officer PC Jason Pearce said: ‘Serving alcohol to people under the age of 18 is 
against the law and these operations are designed to identify premises that are not meeting the required standards.

‘Failing premises can expect close attention from the police and they risk prosecution, closure of alcohol sales and a review of their licence.’