Fixed penalty notice issued following test purchasing operation in Surrey Heath

A fixed penalty notice has been issued to a licensed premises in Surrey Heath for selling alcohol to an underage customer during a joint test purchasing operation.

The operation was run by Surrey Police and Surrey Heath Borough Council last Wednesday (13 April), with nine licensed premises targeted in Surrey Heath.

The Esso garage on the A30 London Road in Windlesham was issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice after failing the test by serving alcohol to the 15-year-old test purchaser.

The designated premises supervisor was given strong words of advice and all staff at the garage will be required to undertake re-training on the licensing laws.

The operation was carried out to prevent alcohol being made available to young people under the age of 18 years in Surrey Heath.

Surrey Heath’s Licensing Officer Rab Carnie said: “Surrey Police works very closely with the licensing trade but when we receive information or concerns from the community that standards at a premises are not being maintained, we will seek to prosecute, along with our colleagues from Surrey Heath Borough Council and Trading Standards.

“The misuse of alcohol is a factor in leading young people to behave in an anti-social manner and those businesses that have a licence to sell alcohol have a responsibility to ensure that the conditions of that licence, and the law, are upheld.”

Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Inspector Bob Darkens said: “All licence holders must realise that it is their responsibility to ensure everyone working for them follows the letter of the law and my team will continue to carry out these operations as part of its commitment to prevent alcohol being sold to young people under the age of 18.

“By reducing the availability of alcohol to young people, we reduce the reports of crime and anti-social behaviour in the local community. I urge the public to continue reporting any information relating to underage alcohol sales or if they know of anyone buying alcohol for young people.”

Source: Surrey Police

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