Shops caught selling alcohol to 15-year-old

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Three shops have been caught selling alcohol to underage children.

In a joint operation between North Shields neighbourhood policing team and North Tyneside Council’s trading standards, officers carried out a series of test purchases.

A volunteer police cadet, aged 15, visited six licensed premises in Whitley Bay and five in North Shields to try to buy alcohol.

Two premises in North Shields and one in Whitley Bay sold them alcohol, being issued with fixed penalty notices by police and formal warnings from Trading Standards officers.

Chief Inspector Stephen Readdie, of Northern Area Command, said: “Safeguarding vulnerable people is an on-going priority for the Force which makes days of action like this so important.

“This was a joint operation carried out with Trading Standards and shows how effective partnership working is ensuring the young are protected from the dangers of underage drinking.”

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member with responsibility for Trading Standards, added: “It is hugely disappointing that our test purchases have resulted in underage sales.”

“Drinking at an early age can potentially put our young people in danger and can have serious consequences on their physical and mental health.

“Our team will continue to carry out test purchasing with the police – as well as working with traders to help them understand the importance of acting responsibly and within the law – to prevent further sales of alcohol to children.”