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News - 26 February 2008
Police sting shows pubs still failing our teenagers
A recent blitz on Brighton’s licensed premises has shown that almost half of the premises visited are still failing to obtain valid ID from juveniles. Young police cadets between 15 and 17 were used to expose pub staff and landlords who failed to ask for identification or proof of age.
The problem of teenage drinking is leading to anti-social behaviour and violence on the streets. The authorities have been cracking down on licensed businesses but seemingly to no avail.
Each of the staff members caught selling to under-aged drinkers will be fined £80 and the landlords will run the risk of losing their licences.
Brighton & Hove City Council’s Trading Standards department is offering free training to staff on the premises in question in order to help them overcome the issues associated with identifying youngsters who may be under 18 years of age.
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