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Police crackdown on underage drinkers getting results
10:24am Friday 21st September 2012 in News
POLICE have reported a ‘significant improvement’ in the number of licensees refusing to sell alcohol to underage drinkers.
It follows a ‘test purchasing operation’ at pubs, clubs and restaurants in Kendal and Milnthorpe as police continue their crackdown.
The latest operation resulted in just one of the 11 licensed presmises selling to a 15 and a 16-year-old recruited by the police to buy alcohol.
A similiar exercise carried out by the Kendal Neighbourhood Policing Team last month saw three out of six licensed premises in the town fail.
Inspector Paul Latham said: “We are really pleased. Ideally we would liked to have found none but this is a big improvement and reflects an awareness among licensees.
“We encourage premises to challenge people who look under 25 because a lot of young people can look older than they are.
“We will continue the operation and have scheduled a meeting with those who failed this time.”