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North­land DHB and po­lice are shocked at two re­cent con­trolled pur­chase op­er­a­tions con­ducted at li­censed premises through­out North­land. The op­er­a­tions saw un­der­age vol­un­teers at­tempt­ing to pur­chase al­co­hol from li­censed premises in the Bay of Is­lands and Whangarei. The op­er­a­tions re­sulted in eight sales; four from the 11 out­lets tested in the Bay of Is­lands and four from the 23 out­lets tested in Whangarei. Se­nior Con­sta­ble Graeme Wright says this was dis­ap­point­ing. ‘‘Th­ese sales should not be oc­cur­ring. All ap­pli­cants when they make ap­pli­ca­tion for a li­cense to sell al­co­hol state there are ap­pro­pri­ate sys­tems in place to pre­vent the sale of al­co­hol to un­der­age peo­ple.’’

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