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Three Royal Borough shops caught out in underage alcohol sting

Three Royal Borough shops caught out in underage alcohol sting

Tara O'Connor

Shops serving alcohol have been warned to be more vigilant after an underage alcohol sting caught out three shops in the Royal Borough.

Underage volunteers were asked by police and licensing officers to try and buy alcohol from off-licences and shops in Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot on Thursday.

Three of the 10 premises visited in the 'coordinated crackdown' agreed to sell alcohol to the under 18 shoppers.

Police licensing officer Debie Pearmain, from Windsor Police Station, said: “A lot of work has been done in recent years to get sales assistants to ask for proof of age from anyone who looks like they’re under 25.

“It’s becoming more and more common for us to do these test purchase checks so it is very frustrating to still find premises who fail to adhere to the terms of their license, namely ‘protection of children from harm’.

The premises which failed the test operation will face follow up reviews and possible sanctions including the loss of their license.

To report underage alcohol sales to the police, call the non-emergency number on 101 or speak to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

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