Leicester bars fail under-age drink checks

A Leicestershire Police officer says he is "disappointed" that six out of 10 city centre bars sold alcohol to under-16s in a test purchase operation.

On Thursday night, police officers observed as two girls aged between 14 and 16 tried to buy alcohol from 10 venues.

PC Jon Webb said individual bar staff would be interviewed at a later date.

The previous week, 22 city off-licences were visited but just one sold alcohol to an under-age teenager.

PC Webb said: "Both girls were representative of their age group and considering all the venues that served them have adopted the Challenge 21 policy, had they adhered to it, neither girls would have any chance of buying alcohol."

Staff found breaking the law could be fined £80.

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