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Southampton hotels in alcohol ban after selling to underage kids

Southampton hotels in alcohol ban after selling to underage kids

The Star Hotel, in the city’s High Street, and Ibis Budget, on West Quay Road, have had temporary bans placed on their alcohol license, police have announced.

Police and Trading Standards officers visited seven hotels and three off licences on October 12, with a 15-year-old volunteer carrying out test purchases.

Holiday Inn on Herbert Walker Avenue and the Ibis on West Quay Road also failed, and were issued with a £90 fixed penalty ticket.

PC Brian Swallow, licensing officer for Southampton, said: “The aim of this joint operation with Trading Standards was to ensure that the age of customers was being correctly verified.

“We’re pleased that six of the premises visited passed the spot checks and are taking a responsible approach to preventing underage alcohol sales.

“Issuing bans for these two hotels sends out a clear message that the selling of alcohol to children will be dealt with robustly.

“Operations like this reduce the likelihood of young people being involved in anti-social behaviour, becoming a victim of crime or being taken to hospital for medical treatment.”

The Star Hotel owner, Gaie Sully said: “We are going to train our staff a lot better an make improvements.”

A spokesperson for AccorHotels, which represents Ibis Hotels, said: “We are working closely with Hampshire Police in this matter and following a meeting with them have immediately instigated a programme of retraining. We take this matter seriously and are disappointed to find ourselves in a situation where a temporary ban has been imposed.”

Cllr Dave Shields, pictured, Cabinet Member for Health & Community Safety at Southampton City Council said: “The safety of children is a key objective of Southampton City Council.

“We will continue to work with Hampshire Constabulary and other partners to ensure that licensed premises are properly managed and to prevent the sale of alcohol to children.”

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