Worthing and Wick off-licenses caught selling alcohol to children

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THREE off-licences in Worthing and Wick have been caught supplying alcohol to children.

Officers from West Sussex neighbourhood licensing team tested 11 pubs and off-licences during the operation on Thursday.

Staff at Star Convenience Store and News Corner, both in Chapel Road, Worthing, and at Mini Market in Wick Parade, Wick, were caught selling alcohol to children.

The workers involved at Star Convenience Store and at Mini Market were given £90 fixed penalty notices.

Officers are investigating what action should be taken against the member of staff at News Corner.

Sergeant Mike Balmer said: “Even though three premises failed, I am pleased that eight premises have prevented the sale of alcohol to the volunteer by adhering to the mandatory condition, that they must request photographic proof of the buyer’s age.”

“If you have any information about children purchasing alcohol contact the licensing team on 101 extension 581447 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk.”

Staff at four tested premises in Worthing – Chapel News in Chapel Road, Worthing Food Centre in South Street, Bar 42 in Marine Parade and The Broadwater in Broadwater Street West – challenged the young volunteers working for the police and refused to serve them.

The same thing happened at Grande Wines in Middleton Road, Bognor Regis, at Sibels Mini Market in Hawthorne Road, Bognor Regis, and One Stop in Durston Drive, Bognor Regis, as well as Local Offie in Wick Street, Wick.