Council continue to crack down on illegal alcohol sales

THURROCK Council was out and about across eastern Thurrock last week cracking down on the illegal sale of alcohol – Operation Pitstop.

Between 4pm and 11.30pm on Friday (8 February) five officers – two from licensing and three from public protection – were joined by two police officers.

The patrols covered all of east Thurrock, but concentrated on the Corringham and Tilbury areas aiming to target potential youth anti-social behaviour issues and on how shops deal with underage sales.

Gavin Dennett, the council’s Acting Head of Public Protection, said: “Trading standards officers, licensing officers, and community protection officers were targeting the purchasing, possession and consumption of alcohol by underage people and checking licensed premises were operating responsibly – playing their part in protecting local people by dealing with potential underage alcohol sales.”

A number of test purchases were carried out and although most stores passed with flying colours, however, one sold a bottle of alcohol to two volunteers who were aged 15, and 16.

The seller was issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice by Essex Police, and Trading Standards are investigating to see if further action should be taken.

In a separate incident, one person was fined for littering, and several units of alcohol were seized from a group of youths who could not confirm their age or identity.

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