Hampshire Constabulary

Successful test purchasing operation in Fareham and Gosport sees licensed premises pass re-tests.

Press release   •   Feb 18, 2019 15:57 GMT

A recent test purchasing operation in Fareham and Gosport has seen fourteen venues visited taking a responsible approach to preventing underage alcohol sales.

Only one of the premises visited by the licensing officers and 17 year-old volunteer over the weekend of 16-17 February failed the test purchasing operation.

A community resolution was issued to that shop for a training requirement and the store will be subject to follow up visits from the licensing team to identify areas of improvement and will be targeted in a future test purchasing operation.

Of the fourteen premises that passed, eight had recently failed previous test purchasing operations. Follow-up work with the premises and additional training for staff has led to them achieving a pass when the re-tests were undertaken.

The eight premises were:

  • Sainsbury’s, Broadcut, Fareham.
  • Tesco Superstore, Quay Street, Fareham.
  • The Slug & Lettuce, West Street, Fareham.
  • Costcutter, West Street, Fareham.
  • The White Horse Inn, Nobes Ave, Bridgemary..
  • The Three Tuns, Elson Road, Gosport.
  • The Jolly Roger, Priory Rd, Elson.
  • The Glencoe, San Diego Road.

PC Jason Pearce from the licensing team said: “This test purchasing operation was undertaken with a teenage volunteer who was close to the legal age where he could have purchased alcohol. However all premises should be operating a ‘challenge 25’ policy, and requesting ID for anyone that looks under 25. The high pass rate for this test purchasing operation is a testament to the good basic processes and management’s focus on age verification to allow their staff to succeed in this area of business.

“We’re really pleased, along with our colleagues from the borough council’s, that the majority of the premises visited passed the spot checks with flying colours. Especially so for those that were subject to re-tests. Our aim is always to work with, not against, premises to help achieve high standards.

“We will carry out work with the shop that failed to make sure that proper procedures and staff training are in place. Premises are all made aware that a second failure could lead to a ‘closure notice’ being issued or changes to their premises licence.

“Operations like this reduce the vulnerability of young people who may otherwise become a victim of crime or be taken to hospital for medical treatment. I’m pleased that the results have been so positive.

“Regular communication with licensed premises also helps us to identify teenagers who may be attempting to buy alcohol who need support from either ourselves or another agency”.