Liskeard publican fined over sales to children
Last updated: 05/12/2012
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Cornwall Council Trading Standards issued a stern
warning after the conviction of a Liskeard publican caught
selling alcohol to children.
Lewis Jon Elliot of the Railway Inn, Barn
Street, Liskeard appeared at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 28
November 2012 charged with serving alcohol to a person under the
age of 18.
The prosecution followed a test purchase
operation in March this year during which a 16 year old volunteer
was sold a bottle of ‘alcopop’. The operation had been
prompted by information that suggested underage drinking was
regularly taking place at the Railway Inn. The pub had failed a
similar test purchase in 2010, after which support and advice was
given to the licensee to prevent a recurrence.
Mr Elliot pleaded guilty to offences under
Section 146 of the Licensing Act 2003 and Magistrates imposed fines
and costs of £1117.31.
Nigel Strick, Fair Trading Manager at Cornwall Council said;
“Alcohol misuse is causing all sorts of problems in Cornwall.
Alcohol-related hospital admissions for the under 18s are higher
than the national and regional averages, about a half of all
violent crime in Cornwall is linked to alcohol and a quarter of the
county’s residents regularly drink above recommended safe levels.
As a result, Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards, working with
young volunteers and the Police will continue to conduct Test
Purchase Operations against pubs, clubs and shops suspected of
illegal sales of alcohol or other age-restricted goods. We hope
that the result of this prosecution will send a clear message to
all business in Cornwall – the sale of alcohol to children will not
Story posted 30 November 2012