Shop owners warned after selling alcohol to teens

Nine shops in Nailsea have been issued police warnings after selling alcohol to young people without checking their ID.

Officers carried out an alcohol test purchase operation in the town last week, with the help of cadet leaders, visiting 17 shops.

The operation was carried out after concerns from the local community about under 18’s being able to buy alcohol and subsequent anti social behaviour in the area.

In nine shops, alcohol was sold to young people without their identification being checked.

A letter of warning has been issued to the store owners, who will also be given further education around challenging and asking for identification from young people buying alcohol.

Acting Police Sgt Ali Codd said: “We are disappointed at the number of shops who sold alcohol without asking for identification and would like to remind retailers of their responsibility to challenge appropriately any person attempting to purchase alcohol that looks under the age of 25.

“Future similar operations will be taking place where any offences may be dealt with by a prosecution.

“We would also like to remind and encourage members of the community to contact the neighbourhood team if you have concerns about underage drinking and/or anti-social behaviour locally.”

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