Police clamp down on under age drinking in Porthmadog


Police are using test purchasing operations in a bid to reduce underage drinking in the Porthmadog area.


As part of an ongoing operation to address the issue of the sale of alcohol to people under 18, police recently conducted an operation in the Criccieth, Porthmadog and Penrhyndeudraeth areas. A total of 26 on and off licensed premises were visited. Of these, two were found to sell alcohol to an under age person.


Sgt Steve Edge from the Neighbourhood Policing Team commented: “These ongoing operations are conducted to ensure that licensees and their staff are fulfilling their obligations in terms of the specific licensing objective of protecting children from harm, as well as contributing to the reduction of alcohol related crime and disorder on the streets.”


“Staff at the majority of the premises are challenging and requesting proof of age and they are to be commended for this.”


 “The licensees of the premises that failed have been dealt with under the licensing enforcement process.”


Those selling the alcohol have been issued with £80 Fixed Penalty Notices.


He added: “Licensees, their staff, the licensing authority and the Police have equally important parts to play in promoting the four fundamental objectives of the licensing act. By conducting these operations we can work with them to address any failings and ensure that they are working towards achieving the aims of the act.”