Pubs caught in booze trap

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TWO pubs in Alfreton have been caught selling alcohol to underage teenagers following a sting operation by Trading Standards.

Nine licensed premises were visited where young volunteers posed as customers attempting to buy alcohol.

Two pubs are now under criminal and licensing investigations for serving the youngsters and could face a fine of up to £5,000.

If a pub is caught serving underage drinkers on two occasions they can lose their licence.

Police licensing officer Jamie Pendrill said: “Underage drinking poses a risk to the health and safety of young people and also plays a significant role in anti-social behaviour.

“We take the issue of selling alcohol to under-18s very seriously and we will not tolerate it.”

Anyone with information about alcohol being sold to under-18s should call 101.