Pubs and shops served under-age teenager in undercover police sting

Pubs and shops served under-age teenager in undercover police sting

The White Horse Hotel, Storrington

Wine Express in Tilgate Parade, Crawley

The Queens Head pub in The Hollow, Wast Chiltington, Pulborough

First published in News

Alcohol was sold to an under-age teenager at four licensed premises in West Sussex.

Test purchases at pubs and off-licences in Horsham and Crawley were carried out on May 23 by a 16-year-old plain-clothed police cadet as part of a Sussex Police investigation.

Eight premises in West Sussex were tested and half of them sold alcohol to the 16-year-old – Limeburners in Billinghurst, The Queens Head in West Chiltington, The White Horse Hotel in Storrington and Wine Express on Tilgate Parade in Crawley.

Sergeant Tony Jarred said: “Sussex Police takes this type of incident very seriously and will look to take robust action against any premises who are putting young people at risk of harm.

“Any person caught selling alcohol to a child under 18 will be given a £90 fine or may face prosecution.”

The aim of the operation, carried out by the Neighbourhood Licensing Team, was to identify licensed premises selling alcoholic drinks to under-18s and to take appropriate action.

Sgt Jarred added: “The sale of alcohol to children is totally unacceptable.

“Young people becoming intoxicated is not only a health risk, but also leads to crime and antisocial behaviour which can have a big impact on local communities.”

Sussex Police will be following up this investigation with the four premises and could take action against them, which could involve a fine or the premises losing their licence.

The Queen’s Head was the only establishment that would discuss the incident.

Owner Gemma Kettink said: “This incident was a one-off and was a very traumatic incident for the member of staff involved. As a result we’ve ordered a lot more information on Challenge 21 and are encouraging staff to talk about it more so that this doesn’t happen again.”

The Wine Express, The White Horse Hotel and Limeburners declined to comment.

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12:03pm Tue 3 Jun 14

power_ranger says...

You can guarantee it was a 16 yearold who looked like they are in their mid 20's..
You can guarantee it was a 16 yearold who looked like they are in their mid 20's.. power_ranger
  • Score: 15

12:23pm Tue 3 Jun 14

John Steed says...

come to worthing, bring three or four cadets, they will kept busy for a week
come to worthing, bring three or four cadets, they will kept busy for a week John Steed
  • Score: 11

12:44pm Tue 3 Jun 14

notaconspiracy says...

I suspect that, for most readers, this crime is regarded as 'not too serious'...
I suspect that, for most readers, this crime is regarded as 'not too serious'... notaconspiracy
  • Score: 4

1:42pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Fight_Back says...

notaconspiracy wrote:
I suspect that, for most readers, this crime is regarded as 'not too serious'...
Indeed. I'd rather Sussex Police used what limited budget they had to deal with antisocial behaviour by actually answering calls when you ring 101 than having to wait over half an hour for an operator. Then I'd like them to send officers immediately rather than THREE days later.

Sting and entrapment operations should be very very very low down on their list of things to do.
[quote][p][bold]notaconspiracy[/bold] wrote: I suspect that, for most readers, this crime is regarded as 'not too serious'...[/p][/quote]Indeed. I'd rather Sussex Police used what limited budget they had to deal with antisocial behaviour by actually answering calls when you ring 101 than having to wait over half an hour for an operator. Then I'd like them to send officers immediately rather than THREE days later. Sting and entrapment operations should be very very very low down on their list of things to do. Fight_Back
  • Score: 23

3:59pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

I don't want to see underage drinking any more than the next person, but we are reaching a situation where traders are being asked to police the law to ridiculous levels- hence the "under 25" posters you see everywhere. And it isn't limited to alcohol sales- automatic reporting of large cash deposits is standard, and I recently saw a story about a man who was refused a large cash widhtrawal by his bank unless he provided evidence of why he needed the money.

It is a gradual erosion of civil liberties forced on us by the Government targeting traders rather than end users.
I don't want to see underage drinking any more than the next person, but we are reaching a situation where traders are being asked to police the law to ridiculous levels- hence the "under 25" posters you see everywhere. And it isn't limited to alcohol sales- automatic reporting of large cash deposits is standard, and I recently saw a story about a man who was refused a large cash widhtrawal by his bank unless he provided evidence of why he needed the money. It is a gradual erosion of civil liberties forced on us by the Government targeting traders rather than end users. Goldenwight
  • Score: 3

4:19pm Tue 3 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

"Test purchases at pubs and off-licences in Horsham and Crawley were carried out on May 23 by a 16-year-old plain-clothed police cadet.."

Yeah, 6 foot-plus, built like a brick outhouse and sporting a beard - just like every other 16-year-old in Sussex......

This non-story has at least provided a public service - 16-year-olds know where to go to get served now.
"Test purchases at pubs and off-licences in Horsham and Crawley were carried out on May 23 by a 16-year-old plain-clothed police cadet.." Yeah, 6 foot-plus, built like a brick outhouse and sporting a beard - just like every other 16-year-old in Sussex...... This non-story has at least provided a public service - 16-year-olds know where to go to get served now. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -2

4:51pm Tue 3 Jun 14

hoveguyactually says...

This afternoon I was in the Pavilion Gardens and five cyclists rode by on the busy footpath, at a terrific speed. Luckily no pedestrian was hit by them. Was there a member of the Sussex Police around to stop them? Of course not. Perhaps they are all too busy working with agents provocateurs in pubs, to be bothered dealing with anti-social behaviour in the city centre.
This afternoon I was in the Pavilion Gardens and five cyclists rode by on the busy footpath, at a terrific speed. Luckily no pedestrian was hit by them. Was there a member of the Sussex Police around to stop them? Of course not. Perhaps they are all too busy working with agents provocateurs in pubs, to be bothered dealing with anti-social behaviour in the city centre. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 1

6:05pm Tue 3 Jun 14

-Lightbulb says...

Fight_Back wrote:
notaconspiracy wrote:
I suspect that, for most readers, this crime is regarded as 'not too serious'...
Indeed. I'd rather Sussex Police used what limited budget they had to deal with antisocial behaviour by actually answering calls when you ring 101 than having to wait over half an hour for an operator. Then I'd like them to send officers immediately rather than THREE days later.

Sting and entrapment operations should be very very very low down on their list of things to do.
What do you think a lot of ASB by teenagers is fuelled by? Alcohol maybe? Therefore surely don't you think its a good idea to target the places they might get hold of it to stop this being a contributing factor...once again people moaning without looking at the bigger picture.
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notaconspiracy[/bold] wrote: I suspect that, for most readers, this crime is regarded as 'not too serious'...[/p][/quote]Indeed. I'd rather Sussex Police used what limited budget they had to deal with antisocial behaviour by actually answering calls when you ring 101 than having to wait over half an hour for an operator. Then I'd like them to send officers immediately rather than THREE days later. Sting and entrapment operations should be very very very low down on their list of things to do.[/p][/quote]What do you think a lot of ASB by teenagers is fuelled by? Alcohol maybe? Therefore surely don't you think its a good idea to target the places they might get hold of it to stop this being a contributing factor...once again people moaning without looking at the bigger picture. -Lightbulb
  • Score: 2

9:49am Wed 4 Jun 14

oldshirts123 says...

The Queen's Head was probably just so pleased to see a customer they forgot what they were supposed to do
The Queen's Head was probably just so pleased to see a customer they forgot what they were supposed to do oldshirts123
  • Score: 4

11:19am Wed 4 Jun 14

Watchdog50 says...

Incredible. Before I even clicked on this article I knew it would be all, 'haven't the police got anything better to do?' and sure enough.......

So I'll ask the question that I've asked many times before and to which I've yet to receive a satisfactory answer.....Where should the police draw the line? At what point does something become an offence worth bothering about?

I suspect that the areas close to the establishments that were the focus of this operation have been blighted by anti-social behaviour for some time as the result of drunk under-age teenagers. I'm fairly sure that this operation wouldn't have been some ill conceived fishing trip and that the police had actually received complaints from local residents. But then, I'm a fairly level headed and intelligent person and not an authority hating conspiracy theorist who only regards something as being worthy of police attention if it's happening to me.

I also suspect that it was a licensing department within the police that conducted this operation rather than front line bobbies. If that IS the case and people believe that officers in those departments should be drawn away to deal with more serious offences, where do we draw the line? I believe that there are still unsolved murder cases in Sussex. Tell you what, let's draw ALL available officers away from those relatively unimportant jobs, you know...the burglaries, the domestics, the missing kids, the assaults, the traffic accidents, the shopliftings, the pub brawls, the concerns for welfare and the myriad of other jobs that they do on a day to day basis, and get them all to focus solely on the most serious crime of all and solve those murders. Hmmm, not a bad idea. While we're at it, TESCO! far too many staff stocking shelves, taking deliveries, making deliveries, stock-taking, placing orders. NO NO NO! get them all on the check-outs helping the customers as that's the most important job. The shelves WILL run dry but at least you'll never have to wait in a queue again.

What I'm trying to say is that every organisation everywhere will do things which may not appear to be very important, however stop doing them and problems are likely to develop elsewhere.
Incredible. Before I even clicked on this article I knew it would be all, 'haven't the police got anything better to do?' and sure enough....... So I'll ask the question that I've asked many times before and to which I've yet to receive a satisfactory answer.....Where should the police draw the line? At what point does something become an offence worth bothering about? I suspect that the areas close to the establishments that were the focus of this operation have been blighted by anti-social behaviour for some time as the result of drunk under-age teenagers. I'm fairly sure that this operation wouldn't have been some ill conceived fishing trip and that the police had actually received complaints from local residents. But then, I'm a fairly level headed and intelligent person and not an authority hating conspiracy theorist who only regards something as being worthy of police attention if it's happening to me. I also suspect that it was a licensing department within the police that conducted this operation rather than front line bobbies. If that IS the case and people believe that officers in those departments should be drawn away to deal with more serious offences, where do we draw the line? I believe that there are still unsolved murder cases in Sussex. Tell you what, let's draw ALL available officers away from those relatively unimportant jobs, you know...the burglaries, the domestics, the missing kids, the assaults, the traffic accidents, the shopliftings, the pub brawls, the concerns for welfare and the myriad of other jobs that they do on a day to day basis, and get them all to focus solely on the most serious crime of all and solve those murders. Hmmm, not a bad idea. While we're at it, TESCO! far too many staff stocking shelves, taking deliveries, making deliveries, stock-taking, placing orders. NO NO NO! get them all on the check-outs helping the customers as that's the most important job. The shelves WILL run dry but at least you'll never have to wait in a queue again. What I'm trying to say is that every organisation everywhere will do things which may not appear to be very important, however stop doing them and problems are likely to develop elsewhere. Watchdog50
  • Score: 1

2:19pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Take it Personally says...

Can't they catch some real criminals?
Can't they catch some real criminals? Take it Personally
  • Score: 2

2:24pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

"Where should the police draw the line?"

Well before sting operations for a crime as petty as this.

Do you seriously believe the cadet in question looked his age?

The crime in question wasn't serving alcohol to people who are plainly drunk. The crime related to an age limit relating solely to the purchase of alcohol NOT to its consumption. It is perfectly legal for a 16-year-old to drink alcohol in a pub alongside eating a meal.

There is no proof that the four pubs are regularly breaking the law. They were caught ONCE.

The exercise achieved nothing and was a waste of police time and resources.
"Where should the police draw the line?" Well before sting operations for a crime as petty as this. Do you seriously believe the cadet in question looked his age? The crime in question wasn't serving alcohol to people who are plainly drunk. The crime related to an age limit relating solely to the purchase of alcohol NOT to its consumption. It is perfectly legal for a 16-year-old to drink alcohol in a pub alongside eating a meal. There is no proof that the four pubs are regularly breaking the law. They were caught ONCE. The exercise achieved nothing and was a waste of police time and resources. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -1

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