Police ‘sting’ catches out licensees

Canterbury police say they are “very disappointed” with the results of liquor licence testing with under-age customers being able to buy alcohol.

The controlled purchase operation in the Waimakariri and Hurunui Districts, North Canterbury, showed four alcohol outlets selling liquor to minors.

That was almost a 25 per cent failure rate, said Senior Sergeant Gordon Spite of the Alcohol Harm Reduction Unit.

Christchurch City did better, with one failure out of 25 premises that were checked.

“A successful operation is no failures at all.  This is a test that is not designed to be failed,” said Senior Sergeant Spite.

“All we expect is that licensees do what they say they will do and ask those who appear to be under 25 to provide proof that they are 18 years or over.”

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