SHOPS and pubs in the Arun and Chichester districts have been caught selling alcohol to children.
A test purchase operation carried out by licensing officers from Sussex Police on Thursday, December 4, resulted in four premises selling alcohol to volunteers aged under 18.
The premises that failed were Sibel’s Mini Market, in Hawthorn Road, Bognor Regis; One-Stop, in The Parade, Durston Drive, Bognor Regis; The Southdowns in Felpham Way, Bognor Regis; and West’s bar in West Street, Chichester.
However, One-Stop in Tangmere Road, Tangmere, refused to sell alcohol to the volunteer.
Sergeant Mike Balmer said: “It is extremely disappointing that four premises have failed to meet their responsibility of not selling alcohol to children.
“Of particular concern is the failure of Wests Bar where staff served children for the second time.
“We are currently deciding how this matter is to be progressed.
“The staff members at the other premises that failed were issued with £90 fixed penalty notices.
“The neighbourhood licensing team for West Sussex will continue to carry out regular checks of licensed premises and every premises that fails will be retested.
“It is vital that staff reinforce the Challenge 25 campaign to tackle underage purchases.
“Anybody appearing to be under 25 should be asked to provide suitable identification when asked, to confirm they are over 18.”
To discuss licensing issues or raise concerns about licensed premises in the Arun or Chichester areas contact a member of the West Sussex Licensing team on 101.
To report the sale of alcohol to children call 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.