Police in clamp down on under age drinking in the Porthmadog area.crimestoppers logo


Police in the Porthmadog area are continuing to address the issue of the sale of alcohol to persons under 18. As part of this process, regular test purchasing exercises are carried out in order to prevent and reduce under age drinking in the area.


Police conducted an Operation on Friday 3rd August in the Criccieth, Porthmadog and Penrhyndeudraeth areas. A total of twenty one on licensed premises were visited. Of these, eight were found to sell alcohol to a person under age.


Sgt Steve Edge from the Neighbourhood Policing Team  commented “These 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. As can be seen, 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 will be dealt with under the licensing enforcement process. The persons selling the alcohol have been issued with £80 Fixed Penalty Notices.


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.”