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A police sting has caught four shops in Burgess Hill and East Grinstead selling alcohol to children.
Two 16-year-old volunteers were sent into shops to buy drink without any form of identification.
The off-licences which sold alcohol to children were 'B&M Local' in Church Walk, Burgess Hill; 'Gems' in Royal Road, Burgess Hill; 'Glanfield' in Railway Approach, East Grinstead; and 'Family Shopper' in London Road, East Grinstead. Police issued on-the-sport fines.
The stores which refused to serve alcohol included 'Arya Food & Wine' in Station Road, Burgess Hill; 'Worlds End Stores' in Leylands Road, Burgess Hill; 'Royal Food & Wine' in Royal George Road, Burgess Hill; 'The Local' in London Road, Burgess Hill; and 'Anjelika' in London Road, East Grinstead.
Sergeant Steve Turner of the West Sussex Licensing Team said: "Sussex Police view the sale of alcohol to children very seriously and I am disappointed that four premises have not met their obligations under the Licensing Act 2003 to keep children safe.
"Staff and management who sell alcohol to children not only face personal penalties, but also place their licence to sell alcohol in jeopardy.
"We will be working closely with the premises management and other regulatory bodies to ensure the appropriate training is in place.”
If you know a venue has sold alcohol to children, The Sussex Licensing team would like to hear from you on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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