Tavern sold to underage police volunteers

THE Magnet Tavern, on South Square, Boston, has been issued an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice following a test purchase operation carried out by police.

The Police Licensing Department and Lincolnshire Trading Standards carried out the operations on Thursday, October 27, using 15 and 16-year-old volunteers, in Boston, Skegness and Spalding.

Police said the Magnet Tavern sold alcohol to a volunteer, without requesting ID, and was issued the fixed penalty notice.

It will be re-tested and the landlord has been invited to an informal meeting at a later date, said a police spokesman.

The Waterfront, in the Market Place, was also tested but requested ID and refused the sale.

Lincolnshire County Council head of safer communities Sara Barry said: “It’s disappointing to see underage children purchasing alcohol when these businesses have been recently advised by Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police.

“However, we are pleased to see the other businesses refusing sales, demonstrating No Id, No Sale.

“We encourage any establishment selling age restricted goods such as alcohol and tobacco to adopt a challenge policy like Challenge 25 to prevent sales to children.”

For information on age restricted sales call Trading Standards on 01522 782341.