A bar boss has tightened up procedures at a Staveley pub after being caught selling alcohol to a 16-year-old girl.
The girl, a trading standards volunteer, was accompanied by a plain-clothed police officer for a “test purchase” at the Elm Tree Inn, in High Street.
Chesterfield magistrates heard that she was served two bottles of lager and was not asked for any identification at the bar where David Brennan (40) was the designated premises supervisor.
Jonathan Hyldon, for Brennan, said: “It was the Staveley annual bonfire night which is quite a busy event in the village.
“He’s been in the licensing trade for over 20 years and never been in trouble before. It wasn’t a deliberate breach to make profit. It was carelessness on his behalf, a one-off. He has shown and is embarrassment to be here.”
Brennan, of the Elm Tree Inn, admitted selling alcohol to an under-age customer. He was given a one-year conditional discharge, with a £15 victims-of-crime surcharge and £85 costs.