Police have praised off-licences in a Birmingham suburb following a two-day operation to crack down on the sale of alcohol to under-age teenagers.
Officers from Rose Road operational command unit carried out a series of test purchases in Quinton as part of Operation Zinan, a joint initiative with trading standards to combat illegal and irresponsible alcohol sales.
During the operation, officers targeted a total of 11 offlicences and all but one refused to sell alcohol to a 15-year-old girl acting as a test purchaser. The other ten refused to serve the girl and a 13-year-old boy.
The outlet that sold the alcohol is under further investigation by trading standards officers, while the member of staff who served the girl was given an £80 fixed penalty notice. Letters of congratulations were sent to the offlicences that refused the teenagers, along with tickers, posters and point of sale material to reinforce the responsible sales message.
Police said they were concerned sales to under-age drinker could lead to anti-social behaviour and violence. Acting Police Sergeant Delroy Padmore from Quinton police station, said: "There is strong evidence to show that alcohol and anti-social behaviour are linked, so it is encouraging to see that many of the offlicences in this area are complying with licensing laws and refusing to serve alcohol to under-age drinkers.
"Anti-social behaviour is not just a police problem as it affects whole communities, so it is vital that we work with other agencies such as trading standards and the off-licences themselves to tackle the problem.
"It is disappointing that on this occasion certain shops have failed in their responsibilities when it comes to selling alcohol, but test purchase operations and continuing education and enforcement of the licensing laws are all effective in changing this attitude."