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Controlled Purchase Operation Conducted

Published: Mon 5 Dec 2005 12:10 AM
Controlled Purchase Operation Conducted
Minors recently tried to purchase alcohol at licensed premises in the Auckland West Policing Area (Ponsonby / Mt Roskill to Avondale) as part of a controlled purchase operation. This involved persons under the age of 18 years entering licensed premises to see if the premises are complying by the law as per the Sale of Liquor Act 1989.
In this operation, Police visited supermarkets, bars and bottle stores. The minors were not carrying any identification when the premises were entered. The licensed premise staff should ask for identification. It is not sufficient for them to ask the person for just there age or date of birth. If no evidence of age documentation is sighted, then no sale should take place. NO I.D, NO SALE, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Approximately 30 premises were visited during Friday and Saturday. It was pleasing to note that the majority of the premises visited did refuse making the sale when they were told there was no identification available. Only two prosecutions will be made as a result of the operation.
Premises run the risk of a fine, and suspension of their license for a period of time, which would affect their income. The same applies for Duty Managers, and general staff risk a fine. Those selling alcohol need to remember that it is their responsibility to request and see suitable proof of age documentation, either a NZ Drivers Licence, Passport or HANZ 18+ ID Card.
Alcohol features in more than half of all Police business from minor to major crimes. Only parents and legal guardians can provide a minor with alcohol, others face prosecution.
Further such operations have not been ruled out, and any breaches found will be dealt with by way of prosecution for the seller and premise. If any members of the public are aware of premises that are still flouting the law in relation to this, they can contact their local Liquor Licensing Officer.

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