Seven Preston premises fail test purchase operation

Over the weekend, Police Licensing, Preston City Council Licensing and Lancashire County Council Trading Standards conducted alcohol and tobacco test purchasing across Broadgate, City Centre and Ribbleton.

A total of twelve premises were tested as part of this operation, nine of which hold a licence to sell alcohol. 

Of these premises six failed and sold alcohol to our 15-year-old test purchaser, one other premises sold a vape to the same test purchaser which led to an inspection where approximately two hundred illicit vapes were seized.

The cashiers who sold alcohol were all issued with £90 fixed penalties, the owners of the business now risk a review of their Premises Licence.

During the operations, our test purchasers do not deceive or disguise their age and if challenged tell cashiers how old they are.

PC Ste Connolly from Police Licensing said: ‘’This level of failure rate is unacceptable for Licensed Premises and particularly concerning when free training on age related sales is available to premises.

‘’All licensed premises have an obligation to promote the Protection of Children from Harm and those that fail to promote this risk, at worst revocation of the licence should a review be undertaken.”

All Licensed Premises across Preston are encouraged to access the free training by visiting  

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