Three Preston stores have been fined by police for selling alcohol to children.Advertisement
An Ashton store was found to have sold booze on two occasions to a 15 and 16-year-old.
Another two stores, one in Ribbleton and another in Goosnargh, were caught once selling alcohol to a minor.
All the stores face a fixed penalty notice of £80 and police are currently in discussions about improving the standards at the three premises.
11 off-licences in the city were tested during a crackdown on under-age selling of booze.
Sergeant John Lovick, of Lancashire Constabulary’s licensing team, said: “Under-age drinking can cause significant problems for society including anti-social behaviour and increased A&E attendances.
“We will continue to push this issue amongst licensed premises and ensure they understand the degenerative impact excessive alcohol consumption can have amongst youngsters.
“Those who continually break the law in this respect will face a number of measures including the possibility of having their premise licensing reviewed and even revoked.”
Anyone who suspects an off-licence may be selling alcohol to children should contact Lancashire Police by calling 101.