More pubs closed for serving under age drinkers


Two public houses in Rhyl and Rhos-on-Sea have been served a notice to shut for 48 hours after selling alcohol to under age people on two separate occasions within a three month period.


The move comes following recent test purchase operations in which alcohol was sold to people under 18.


North Wales Police and Denbighshire Council and Conwy Council’s Licensing Departments work in partnership to enforce the Licensing Act legislation. 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 Rhos on Sea and Rhyl in May and July 2012. The Vegas in Bodfor Street, Rhyl and the Cayley Arms, Rhos-on Sea sold alcohol to a person under 18 on both occasions.


They have been offered a period of closure as an alternative to criminal prosecution under Section 169A (2) of the Licensing Act 2003 for repeatedly selling alcohol to underage persons.


Both have accepted the closure and as a result they will be shut from 11am on Friday August 10 until 11am on Sunday August 12.


Conwy Chief Inspector Jane Banham said: “This positive action is an example of the way in which the police and our partners are enforcing the licensing legislation to achieve the specific objective of protecting children from harm and reduce alcohol related crime and disorder on our streets.


“The closure of these two premises is evidence of the stance we are taking on licensing offences. “


It is also an example of working in partnership with the licensees, who accepted the closure notices and are working with us to achieve our aims.”