Shop caught selling alcohol to children

Police in Cramlington and Blyth have been working to identify premises selling alcohol to children.

Following concerns about youths drinking and causing anti-social behaviour, officers from the neighbourhood policing team joined forces with Northumberland County Council’s trading standards officers and carried out a test purchase operation at a number of licensed premises in the areas

On Friday, December 12, a 14-year-old volunteer tried to buy alcohol from four off-licenses in Blyth and four in Cramlington.

In all but one of the attempts the child was asked for ID and then refused sale.

The store that sold the alcohol will be revisited by police and Trading Standards and appropriate action taken.

Cramlington Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges said: “Under-age drinking goes hand in hand with anti-social behaviour and if we can find the premises selling the alcohol to children then we can nip it in the bud.

“It’s positive to see that the majority of the staff are doing a good job and not serving underage people, however we will be revisiting the one shop and speaking with management.”