Teenagers help to put licensed premises to test

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LICENSED premises in Bury St Edmunds have been given the thumbs-up following a police swoop involving two teenagers.

Thirteen outlets were targeted in a test purchasing operation to see if they would sell alcohol to the 15-year-olds.

The premises including pubs, clubs, bars, supermarkets and off-licenses refused to serve them.

The operation, organised by Suffolk Constabulary and Suffolk Trading Standards, was part of a crackdown on underage drinking.

In the pubs and bars, the pair were challenged as soon as they ordered drinks.

In one shop, a checkout assistant was unsure whether to serve them, asked for help and didn’t sell.

In another, a bottle was scanned before an assistant asked them for ID.

Pc Craig Lannigan, who is a licensing officer, said: “It’s good to see no sales, especially at places where sales had been made before. Some premises were checking the ID of people who were older than 18.”

Between August 6 and October 28 this year, 50 test purchases were carried out in West Suffolk by the police and trading standards.

Seven premises sold illegally including three in Bury, one in Brandon and one in Stowmarket.