Pubs fined after serving under-age customers

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Pubs sold alcohol to underage customers during a police test purchase operation.

Police and staff from Trading Standards conducted a joint operation in pubs across the Derbyshire Dales on Saturday, August 20.

Two pubs in Ashbourne, two in Wirksworth and two in Matlock were visited, with staff at both Ashbourne premises selling to 16-year-old volunteers.

The two employees were given an £80 fixed penalty notice.

Licensing manager PC Sandra Barlow said: “Although several premises were visited and refused to serve our underage volunteers, it’s disappointing that these two pubs failed our checks.”

“Selling alcohol to underage youngsters is a serious issue and we will be working with the licensees and their staff to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“Staff at any premises which sells alcohol should never be afraid to ask younger customers to show proof of age.”