Leeds & West Yorkshire

Drinks sales to under-age in West Yorkshire rises

The number of licensed premises across West Yorkshire selling alcohol to under-age buyers has increased in the run-up to Christmas, police revealed.

West Yorkshire Police said test purchases using under-age volunteers and special constables in plain clothes showed 35 out of 160 venues failed.

Officers said this was a 20% failure rate where the norm for city centre shops and pubs was 9%.

Police said the results were "in one way disappointing".

Sgt Rob Fullilove, of the Leeds District Licensing Department, said the tests were carried out at the busiest time of the year.

He said: "In one way these results are disappointing because alcohol is often a major factor in crime and anti-social behaviour, and officers will be working closely with the premises that failed to ensure this doesn't happen again.

"However, it is clear that this year a large percentage of those that have failed have expressed a real willingness to engage with officers, learn from their failures and not make the same mistakes again."

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