Wakefield stores caught selling booze to kids

7th July 2010'General Alcohol pictures.
7th July 2010'General Alcohol pictures.
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Test purchases carried out by police caught two retailers selling alcohol to children.

The Wakefield Central Neighbourhood Policing Team said yesterday that more operations were in the pipeline to help restrict the sale of alcohol to minors in the city centre and prevent anti social behaviour.

An undercover test purchaser visited 11 retailers in and around the city on Thursday, April 25 and tried to buy alcohol in each.

While most places asked to see ID, two provided booze to the test purchaser. Staff at each were given an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice.

Insp Richard Close of Wakefield Central NPT, said: “Keeping alcohol away from underage children is a key part of our work to deter anti social behaviour and I’m pleased to say that the vast majority of premises we visited proved vigilant on this occasion.

“We will be conducting follow up visits with the two premises which failed and will be carrying out more of these operations as evenings lighten and the temptation becomes greater for young people to hang around the city centre at night.”

Anyone who has information about the sale of alcohol to underage drinkers in the city centre is asked to contact Wakefield Central NPT on 101 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.