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Seven pubs failed to ask for age ID as part of test

 
Created on 31/07/2017 @ 11:21
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Seven of nine pubs targeted as part of an initiative to cut under age drinking failed a test to see if they asked for proof of age, it has emerged.

Dyfed Powys Police and Powys County Council’s trading standards officers placed young people into nine pubs in the town and were asked to be served alcohol. The test was part of a Challenge 25 scheme that asks bar staff and licenses to ask for ID if someone looks under 25 years of age.

Since the test in June, licensees and bar staff have been provided with training to tackle the issue of under age drinking in the town.

The Newtown Community Alcohol Partnership (NCAP), an initiative backed by the Welsh Government, has undertaken the training.
 
The free training session provided those working within the on-licensed trade with the tools and knowledge to address and challenge minors attempting to buy alcohol and over 18s trying to buy alcohol on their behalf.
 
Using 19 and 20-year old volunteers the volunteers were asked to make alcohol purchases in the pubs and confirmed whether or not they were asked for ID before making their purchase.
 
Seven of the nine pubs the volunteers purchased alcohol from failed to implement the Challenge 25 scheme, with licensees offered to take part in the free training.
 
Cllr Jonathan Wilkinson, Cabinet Member for Trading Standards, said: “Selling alcohol to an underage person is an offence with the maximum penalty being an unlimited fine and in some circumstances, premises being closed down.
 
“Although no offences were committed by making sales to the volunteers without checking their ID, by not making these checks, they are putting themselves at risk of making underage sales and highlights any flaws in their checking process.
 
“Giving our retailers the confidence to play their part is vital to tackling underage drinking and the training aims to promote best practice as well as supporting retailers to not make underage and illegal sales.”
 
Newtown CAP is a partnership between several organisations including Powys County Council, Dyfed Powys Police, Powys Teaching Health Board, Public Health Wales, retailers, NPTC Group’s Newtown Campus, local schools and youth groups.  It is backed by Community Alcohol Partnerships Ltd.
 
The initiative will educate the public on the impact underage drinking has on communities and will reduce young people’s access to alcohol by building on the existing work already carried out by the council’s trading standards and Licensing Services, alongside local police teams.

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