Undercover officers visit town’s pubs and clubs

PAGE 2'A West Yorkshire Police office on the beat at Leeds Market...9 October 2007. See Police performance league tables story. Picture: Simon Hulme
PAGE 2'A West Yorkshire Police office on the beat at Leeds Market...9 October 2007. See Police performance league tables story. Picture: Simon Hulme

UNDERCOVER officers on pubs and clubs in Chesterfield found less than a quarter were selling alcohol to people under the age of 18.

Derbyshire police and Trading Standards officers carried out the joint action on Saturday, March 3, with the help of young volunteers posing as customers.

The youngsters visited 13 premises in Chesterfield town centre and attempted to buy alcohol. They were served alcohol in three of those tested.

Inspector Steve Ball, who is in charge of policing within Chesterfield Borough, said: “We take the issue of selling alcohol to under-18s very seriously and the net is closing in on irresponsible premises who continue to flout the law.

“Underage drinking is a major cause of anti-social behaviour and also poses a risk to the youngsters’ health.”

Staff caught selling alcohol to youngsters were issued with an £80 fine and the venues where the alcohol was sold to underage people will be investigated.

Those who refused to serve the underage customers were all individually notified.

Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership’s Violence, Alcohol harm and Licensing (VAL) group brings together organisations in the town to help monitor licensed premises.

Chair of the VAL group Trevor Durham said: “We are confident this work will help to continue to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents in the town centre.

“We do our best to support licensees in Chesterfield so we will deal strictly with those who fail to follow our guidance.”

Anyone with information about alcohol being sold to under-18s should contact Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.