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Teenagers sold booze by slack shop staff
2:31pm Monday 29th October 2012 in News
Teenagers are being sent into off licenses to try and catch out staff.
Sussex Police's licensing team are currently conducting undercover operations at shops in the Arun area.
Sixteen-year-old children have been given authority to purchase alcohol and test whether the staff are diligent enough to refuse the sales.
Among the off-licences already caught selling alcohol to children are: Pick-A-Wish, High Street Bognor; The Offie, High Street, Littlehampton and The Local Offie, Wick Parade, Littlehampton.
Offences have been dealt with through on-the-spot-fines for £80 to the person who sold the alcohol to the children.
Sergeant Simon Morgan of the West Sussex Licensing Team said: "It is an offence to sell or allow the sale of alcohol to a person under 18.
"Sussex Police expect the management and staff of these stores to take responsibility to protect children from harm and ensure that sales of alcohol are not made to young people.
"Preventing the sale of alcohol to children is viewed very seriously by Sussex Police who will not hesitate to ask the Licensing Authority to conduct a review of the licenses of poorly managed premises, asking for suspension or even revocation of the licence."