Issued By
Cumbria County Council


Off licences in Barrow have got the message that they must not sell alcohol to underage drinkers.  That appears to be the good news resulting from a recent shopping trip by Cumbria Trading Standards.  Accompanying a 13 year old boy, Trading Standards Officers visited five off licences in Barrow last Thursday (10 October) evening.  All of the shopkeepers refused to sell booze to the youngster.

Cumbria County Councillor Jack Richardson, Community Safety Spokesperson, said “This is a good news story and I congratulate the shopkeepers for acting responsibly.  This is the second time that Barrow off licences have come out well in an underage alcohol test purchasing exercise”.

Phil Ashcroft, Assistant Director (Trading Standards), said “All the shops targeted were contacted by Trading Standards prior to the exercise and reminded of the law on alcohol sales to under 18’s.  Although this is a relatively small survey in terms of shops visited, it is encouraging.  I hope that we get the same results when we repeat it elsewhere in the county.  Shopkeepers must remain vigilant, and if in doubt ask for ID or refuse the sale”.


Notes to Editors

1.      From December 2001, the Licensing Act 1964 was amended to make it a duty for Trading Standards Departments to enforce the law regulating the sale of alcohol to young people.  The maximum fine for selling alcohol to a person under the age of 18 is £1000.

2.      This is the second survey of alcohol sales to under 18’s, carried out in Cumbria.  The first, conducted in July 2002, resulted in a hit rate of 22%; 10 out of 46 shops sold alcohol to the youngster.

3.      For more information on this press release, contact Patrick Thomas on 01539 773591 or Phil Ashcroft on 01539 773586.