Five fined in underage booze crackdown

Fleetwood Marine Hall
Fleetwood Marine Hall

Store staff have been handed on the spot fines for selling alcohol to underage teens as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Police and licensing officials visited 13 stores in Fleetwood, Thornton and Cleveleys in response to concerns about youths gathering around the Port’s Marine Gardens near the Marine Hall.

Test purchases were carried out in each location and five stores sold alcohol to a 15 year old volunteer.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: ”Staff members have been issued with an on the spot fine which they are responsible for paying.

“These premises will be re-tested over the coming months and if they fail could face prosecution, a fine of up to £20,000 or a closure order for up to 14 days.

“We endeavour to work with premises that sell alcohol to promote proof of age training and Challenge 25 policies so that they can minimise the risk of selling alcohol to underage people.

“Unfortunately a small number of premises have fallen short of the standard expected and will be dealt with accordingly.

“However further and continued assistance will be provided to help prevent further offences being committed”.