Police and council mount operation in Banbury to see which shop-keepers would sell alcohol to under-age drinkers

Police got together with council officers and cadets last week to check on Banbury shops selling booze to under-age buyers.

By Roseanne Edwards
Monday, 30th May 2022, 9:15 am

Thames Valley Police cadets were out with senior officers in Banbury and licensing staff from Cherwell District Council to see if retailers would sell alcohol to those below the permitted age.

The operation was a ‘test purchasing operation’ and shop keepers who failed the test were listed to be part of ‘follow-up work’.

The legal age at which young people may buy alcohol is 18. It is against the law to sell alcohol to anyone under 18, or for those young people to buy or try to buy alcohol, or for an adult to buy or try to buy alcohol for them.

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Police cadets, officers and licensing officials tested retailers in Banbury to see which may sell alcohol to under 18s

It is illegal for those under 18 to drink alcohol in licensed premises, but those 16 or 17 who are accompanied by an adult can drink (but not buy) beer, wine or cider with a meal.