Police from the Northern Area Licensing Team, assisted by the local Safer Neighbourhoods Team, carried out a test purchase operation at off licenses in and around the area of Liphook on Saturday, October 27.
Officers visited 17 off licence premises to target the sale of alcohol to under 18s. Officers were assisted by two 16-year-old girls who volunteered to attempt to buy alcohol from the premises.
Two premises failed the operation; Tesco Express, Petersfield and One Stop, Ennerdale Road, Bordon. At both premises' an £80 fixed penalty notice was issued to the person making the sale, and follow up visits with the premises management will take place.
The premises that passed the operation, were:
- Co-Op, Liphook
- Sainsbury's, Liphook
- General wine company, Liphook
- Oasis, Station Road, Liss
- Tesco Express, Liss
- Co-Op, Moggs Mead
- OAM NEWS, Petersfield
- Tesco superstore, Petersfield
- Sainsbury's, Grayshott
- Co-Op, Grayshott
- One Stop, Headley Down
- Lindford Stores
- Bordon Stores
- Co-Op, Forest Centre
- Whitehill Stores
PC Al Read, said: "It is very encouraging to see that the majority of off-licenses we visited passed the operation. These licensees are taking their responsibilities seriously and are ensuring their staff are fully trained and confident in challenging anyone they think could be underage and trying to buy alcohol.
"However, there is still work to do with the two premises that failed the operation to ensure they recognise their responsibilities when it comes to alcohol sales.
"We will continue further test purchase operations in the area and will deal robustly with those who sell alcohol to underage young people."