A TOWN centre pub has been served a notice to shut for 48 hours after selling alcohol to under-age persons on two separate occasions in a three month period.
During a multi-agency test purchase operation involving organisations including the police, Trading Standards and Chesterfield Borough Council, Bar Envy on Corporation Street, Chesterfield, sold alcohol to a person aged under 18 on June 21 this year.
A second test purchase operation took place on August 31 and once again Bar Envy sold alcohol to underage persons. The individual who made the sale was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80.
The premises was offered a period of closure as an alternative to criminal prosecution under Section 169A(2) of the Licensing Act 2003 for repeatedly selling alcohol to underage persons.
Bar Envy has decided to accept the closure and as a result its doors will be shut from 3pm on Friday, September 30 until 3pm on Sunday, October 2.
Commenting on the case, police Inspector Steve Ball from Chesterfield section said: “Members of Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership’s Violence, Alcohol harm and Licensing (VAL) group will continue to use test purchase operations in the town to ensure that children are not being sold alcohol. As this case demonstrates, we will seek to take positive action where offences are identified.
“We hope it sends a clear message to licensees that they must operate within the law and that it provides reassurance to parents and those going out in Chesterfield that underage sales will not be tolerated.”
The Community Safety Partnership’s VAL group - which has police, Trading Standards, Chesterfield Borough Council licensing, health and safety and environmental health officers, Safer Derbyshire, Fire & Rescue, Youth Services and community safety partnership officers among its members - meets on a monthly basis to discuss and share information about licensing issues and premises.
A wide range of actions are planned and delivered by the group to support and assist licensees across the borough and to deal effectively with those who break laws relating to licensing.