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sussex police logoBurgess Hill stores fined for selling alcohol to under-age children

2nd December 2016

On Thursday, 24 November 2016, the Sussex Police Licensing Team carried out a test purchase operation at off-licences in Burgess Hill

Two 16-year-old volunteers were sent into premises to buy alcohol without any form of identification.

The off-licences which sold alcohol to children were 'B&M Local' in Church Walk and 'Gems' in Royal George Road. On the spot fines were issued as appropriate.

The stores which refused to serve alcohol included 'Arya Food & Wine' in Station Road, 'Worlds End Stores' in Leylands Road, 'Royal Food & Wine' in Royal George Road and 'The Local' in London Road, Burgess Hill

Sergeant Steve Turner of the West Sussex Licensing Team said:
"Sussex Police view the sale of alcohol to children very seriously and I am disappointed that premises have not met their obligations under the Licensing Act 2003 to keep children safe.  

"Staff and management who sell alcohol to children not only face personal penalties, but also place their licence to sell alcohol in jeopardy.  

"We will be working closely with the premises management and other regulatory bodies to ensure the appropriate training is in place.”


If you know a venue has sold alcohol to children, contact the force licensing team on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

Spread the word, some Burgess Hill stores have been caught out selling alcohol to minors



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