Al­co­hol safe and sound

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An al­co­hol sales age limit sting on 28 Porirua off-li­cences and bars has po­lice smil­ing. Se­nior Sergeant Steve Sar­gent says he is ex­tremely pleased no premises vis­ited in the Con­trolled Pur­chase Op­er­a­tion on Au­gust 19 were will­ing to sell al­co­hol to a mi­nor. ‘‘Our 17-year-old male vol­un­teer vis­ited nine on-li­cences, one sports club and 18 off-li­cences – in­clud­ing su­per­mar­kets, bot­tle stores and su­perettes – and all com­plied with the Sales of Liquor Act, de­clin­ing all pur­chases.’’ Mr Sar­gent says a lot of work has gone into staff ed­u­ca­tion on al­co­hol pur­chas­ing laws in the past few months. ‘‘Those who work in premises where al­co­hol is be­ing sold have a duty to pro­tect peo­ple from the harm caused by al­co­hol in our com­mu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly young peo­ple. Po­lice look for­ward to see­ing these great re­sults con­tinue over the coming weeks and months.’’ Po­lice, Re­gional Pub­lic Health and the District Li­cens­ing Agency all took part in the op­er­a­tion.

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