Police operation nets illegal liquor sellers
- Created on Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00
Half the on-licensed Lower Hutt premises visited in a recent police operation were caught selling alcohol to minors.
Ten premises were visited in Operation Vespa, with five caught breaking the law by selling to under-age patrons.
Sergeant Andrew Smith of Lower Hutt police said the results of the operation were disappointing.
"Only 50 percent of those tested demonstrated they are conscientious about their obligations under the (Sale of Liquor) Act and serious about protecting our young people from liquor abuse."
He said some of the breaches carried fines of up to $10,000.
The operation was part of an overall campaign to reduce the incidents of alcohol-related harm in the Hutt Valley, and Mr Smith said there would be more operations in the near future.
(Source: NZPA, August 14, 2009, 11:42am)