Successful test purchasing operation in Fareham reduces the risk of alcohol related crime this Christmas.

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Jim Pusey
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A recent test purchasing operation in Fareham has seen all fifteen venues visited taking a responsible approach to preventing underage alcohol sales.

On Saturday 2 December the Licensing team and an underage teenage volunteer visited the licensed premises including pubs, newsagents, and supermarkets..

Seven of the venues had previously failed to carry out an appropriate ID check or served alcohol to an underage teenage volunteer when tested in May.

Follow up visits were subsequently carried out to review company policies, procedures, systems, and training to identify areas of improvement. All seven premises were also informed that a second failure could lead to a closure notice or changes to their license.

All of the venues have now passed their unannounced re-tests by carrying out the necessary tests and refusing to serve alcohol to the volunteers.

The venues that passed their re-tests were:

  • The Seagull, Portchester.
  • Ironmaster, Fareham.
  • The Slug & Lettuce, Fareham.
  • Costcutter, Fareham.
  • The Good Intent, Fareham.
  • The Co-op, Titchfield.
  • The Bugle, Titchfield.

Chief Inspector Sharon Woolrich, who is in charge of policing in Fareham, said: “We’re really pleased, along with our colleagues from Fareham Borough Council’s licensing team, that all of the venues visited this week passed the spot checks with flying colours.

“I’d like to thank the premises that initially failed the test purchasing operation in May for engaging with us to ensure that the proper procedures and staff training are in place. The work they’ve undertaken since our first visits has paid off and shows just how seriously licensees take their responsibilities to the local community.

“Premises were chosen based on local knowledge ahead of the busy festive period, where sales of alcohol may increase. We used an underage teenage volunteer for the operation, which was designed to test among other things the ‘challenge 25’ initiative.

“This is incredibly positive news for Fareham as it will have a positive impact on reducing alcohol related violence and anti-social behaviour. It also reduces the vulnerability of young people who may otherwise become a victim of crime or be taken to hospital for medical treatment.

“We will continue to work alongside our partners at Fareham Borough Council to undertake education, training, and test purchase operations with all licensed premises to ensure that these high standards are maintained. Regular communication with licensed premises also helps us to identify teenagers who may be attempting to buy alcohol who need support from either ourselves or another agency”.

The fifteen premises visited were:

  • The Red Lion, Portchester.
  • The Co-op, Portchester.
  • Iceland, Portchester.
  • McColls, Portchester.
  • The Seagull, Portchester
  • Ironmaster, Fareham
  • The Slug & Lettuce, Fareham
  • Costcutter, Fareham
  • The Good Intent, Fareham
  • McColls, Fareham.
  • The Co-op, Titchfield
  • One Stop. Titchfield.
  • The Bugle, Titchfield.
  • The Village Inn, Park Gate.
  • Village Snooker club, Stubbington.

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