An undercover police-led operation to find pubs in the Glossop area selling alcohol to underage customers has discovered five breaking the law.
Officers joined forces with Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team and High Peak Borough Council’s Licensing department to carry out the operation with the help of young volunteers who posed as customers.
The volunteers, two 16-year-old girls, visited seven premises and were served alcohol in five of them.
Inspector Gareth Meadows, who is in charge of policing in the Glossop and New Mills areas said: “It is disappointing that five out of the seven premises visited during this operation sold alcohol to underage volunteers.
The intelligence-led operation took place on Saturday, February 26 in the town centre, Old Glossop and Charlesworth areas.
Those staff that were caught serving the alcohol were issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice and the venues may now have their licences reviewed.
Insp. Meadows added: “The majority of pubs in Glossop have high standards, with many licensees taking part in an active Pub Watch scheme and we are pleased that, while two of the seven pubs which were visited were members, neither of them broke the law.
For more information on Pub Watch or to become a member please contact Sgt. Barry Doyle on 0345 123 33 33 or email firstname.lastname@example.org