[A]s a result of previous failures by pubs in Windermere and Ambleside, a follow up test purchase operation was carried out by Cumbria Constabulary & South Lakeland District Council.
Five pubs (below) were retested, all of which challenged the underage purchaser and refused the sale of alcohol.
- The Queens, Ambleside
- The Queens, Windermere
- The Grey Walls, Windermere
- The Flying Pig, Windermere
- The Country Hut, Windermere
As a result of the previous failures, the premises licence holder and premises supervisor of each respective business were provided with practical advice by both police and Licensing Authority Officers.
The advice enabled staff to improve standards at their premises with a view to preventing reoccurrence.
PC John Brooks, Cumbria Constabulary’s Licensing Officer, said: “I would like to congratulate all five premises on passing the retest. The licence holders and premises supervisors have worked closely with ourselves and South Lakeland District Council following the failed test and it is pleasing for all involved for these results.
“All licence holders and premises supervisors in Cumbria should take note and ensure that their staff are challenging those who they suspect are under the legal age to purchase alcohol. There are always those who look older than their age but it is important for staff to do the right thing and make sure that those who are purchasing alcohol are of age.
“We will continue to conduct operations like this across the county and work closely with traders to ensure compliance with the law. These undercover checks form a vital part of ensuring compliance.
“Our advice to all people employed in licensed premises is to be vigilant, always challenge young adults for ID, never try to guess someone’s age, check the ID carefully and make a record of any refusals.”