Law breaking pubs closed
Three pubs in Pwllheli are to shut for three
days after they sold alcohol to underage drinkers.
The three pubs have been served a notice to
shut for 72 hours, following recent test purchase operations in
which alcohol was sold to people under 18, on two separate
occasions within a three month period.
North Wales Police and Gwynedd Council’s
Licensing Department work in partnership to enforce the Licensing
Act legislation and as part of this process, regular test
purchasing exercises are carried out in order to prevent and reduce
under age drinking in the area.
The Police completed two test purchasing
operations in licensed premises in the Pwllheli area during May and
July 2012, during which a number of premises were found to sell
alcohol to people under 18 and were dealt with under the licensing
enforcement process. Those selling the alcohol were also issued
with £80 Fixed Penalty Notices.
The Mitre, The Castle and Rehab have been
given the choice to close for a period of time as an alternative to
criminal prosecution under Section 169A(2) of the Licensing Act
2003, for repeatedly selling alcohol to people under the age of
The Castle will be shut from 5pm on Friday
3rd August until 5pm on Monday 6th August
The Mitre will be closed from 5pm on Friday
10th August until 5pm on Monday 13th August 2012.
Rehab has accepted the closure and will close
from 5pm on Thursday 16th August until 5pm on Sunday
19th August 2012.
Sgt Steve Edge commented “This positive action
is an example of the way in which the police and our partners are
keen to enforce the licensing legislation to achieve the specific
objective ofprotecting children from harm and reducing alcohol
related crime and disorder on the streets of Pwllheli.”
“The closure of these three premises is also
an example of us working in partnership with the licensees, who
accepted the closure notices.”