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Cumbria team focuses on under-age alcohol sales

An effort on combating underage alcohol sales took place this week in in the Carlisle area. 

Cumbria Trading Standards have been working in partnership with Cumbria Police to increase vigilance and stamp out underage alcohol sales.  

The exercise, conducted on Tuesday 17th December 2013, saw result of 1 out of  the 5 of retailers tested failing to challenge the age of the 15 year old volunteer before illegally selling alcohol to him. This sale resulted in a £90 fixed penalty being issued on the Licensee by Cumbria Police.

Sergeant Richard Higgin of Cumbria Police stated: “I am pleased that only 1 premise out of those who were tested last night made an illegal sale however this is still one too many. I would remind all licensed premises that they have a responsibility to make sure alcohol does not fall into the hands of underage persons as the implications for the person and premises who make the sale can be enormous. If in doubt ask for proof of age.“

Angela Jones, Trading Standards Service Manager, said "It is clear that there is still work to be done on educating retailers. Our Trading Standards Officers will continue to work with the Police to tackle the problem and deal firmly with business' who break the law.  Our advice remains the same - no ID, no sale."

Anyone with information regarding the possible illegal sales of alcohol. tobacco, knives, butane gas or other age restricted products can inform Trading Standards by contacting the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or Cumbria police on 101 or by emailing  All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

For more information contact Alice Gill Communications Adviser on 01228 226241 or 

DATE: 18 December 2013