Horncastle pub sold alcohol to teenager during police operation

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A staff member at a Horncastle pub was caught selling alcohol to a 16-year-old volunteer during a plainclothes purchase operation with Lincolnshire Police.

Plainclothes police officers and two 16 year old volunteers visited The Ship Inn, in North Street, on Thursday July 9 2015.

When contacted by the Horncastle News today (July 22), a bar staff member said that the waitress involved in the incident has since left the company.

The Ship Inn has recently been taken over by new management.

Licensing Sergeant Kim Enderby said: “These test purchase operations are all intelligence led, involving premises where we have received information that the staff are selling alcohol to underage persons.

“On the receipt of such information, the people running the shops, pubs, bars or clubs are sent letters advising them that this information has been received to enable them to check their staff and ensure they are not selling or to stop them selling.

“They are advised that the premises will be tested and invited to discuss any concerns or issues they may have identified following our initial warning communication.

“We then conduct the plainclothes Test Purchase Operation, following the sale of alcohol to one of our underage volunteers the member of staff making the sale is issued with a fixed penalty notice for £90.00. The premises operators are then contacted and invited to a meeting to explain our findings, identify any potential weaknesses in their operation which need addressing, and to warn them of the serious potential consequences if they are found to be selling a second time.

“We make serious efforts to warn, educate and advise suspect premises to deal with this issue of underage sales and the impact it has upon anti-social and criminal behaviour in local communities and the harmful effects on the health of young people. We have a number of similar operations planned for the next few months and those involved in the illegal sale of alcohol to children can expect a visit.”

Lincolnshire Police added: “The Black Swan refused to serve our underage volunteers, and should be congratulated.”