Sober­ing re­sults from sting


A po­lice sting tar­get­ing the sale of al­co­hol to un­der­age drinkers re­sulted in four sales from 18 out­lets - two from the same store.

The con­trolled pur­chase op­er­a­tion on Fri­day Au­gust 25 was held in con­junc­tion with Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil liquor li­cens­ing in­spec­tor and a tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer from Taoi Te Ora - Pub­lic Health.

The op­er­a­tion saw un­der­age vol­un­teers, aged 17 years old, visit li­censed premises in­clud­ing su­per­mar­kets, liquor stores and su­perettes.

Ro­torua Po­lice al­co­hol harm re­duc­tion of­fi­cer Sergeant Pauline Jones said the re­sults were ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing.

‘‘No one un­der the age of 18 should be able to pur­chase al­co­hol and we ex­pect the three premises who did sell al­co­hol to our vol­un­teers to have bet­ter sys­tems in place to pre­vent this oc­cur­ring in the fu­ture,’’ Jones said.

‘‘As part of the process to ob­tain a li­cense to sell al­co­hol, ap­pli­cants re­ceive train­ing and are in­ter­viewed to en­sure that they have a clear un­der­stand­ing of the [Sale and Sup­ply of Al­co­hol Act 2012] Act.

‘‘There is an as­sur­ance that there are ap­pro­pri­ate sys­tems and pro­ce­dures in place to pre­vent the sale of al­co­hol to un­der­age peo­ple. Clearly this is not the case for these premises that sold al­co­hol to the vol­un­teers.’’

Jones said the op­er­a­tion was to mon­i­tor com­pli­ance with the Act.

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