Two caught selling alcohol to under-aged

TWO premises in Todmorden have failed tests by police checking whether pubs and off-licenses are selling alcohol to under-age youngsters.

Calderdale’s licensing officers teamed up with neighbourhood policing teams, special constables and West Yorkshire Trading Standards to visit 33 off-licensed premises and nine pubs and bars in the borough.

Boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 15 were involved in the special operation to test whether pubs and off-licenses would sell alcohol to youngsters without asking for proof of age.

A total of eight off-licenses and two pubs in Calderdale sold alcohol to underage youngsters. Seven £80 penalty notice tickets were issued to shop assistants who sold alcohol. One shop owner was reported for summons for the offence of selling alcohol to someone under the age of 18.

Inspector Derek Benn, from Calderdale’s Community Safety Partnership, said: “All owners and supervisors of the premises who made the sales are now being visited and spoken to regarding offences which have been committed.”