Bars pass underage test

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Thirty seven Nelson bars got a pass mark from police after refusing to serve a minor during a sting operation.

A joint Controlled Purchase Operation run by Police, District Licencing Agencies and Public Health was held on Friday the October 21 and October 28.

The Operations targeted both on and off licensed premises in the Nelson Tasman Area. A total of 37 licensed premises were visited by 17 year old volunteers.

All of the premises visited refused to sell alcohol to the volunteers.

“The controlled Purchase Operations are carried out to check processes and ensure compliance with the law by licensed premises”.

“There will be further Controlled Purchase Operations held periodically over the coming months and all licenced premises are reminded to be vigilant. A good result for us is when we have no sales made to our volunteers” said Sergeant Kyle Bruning, Alcohol Harm Prevention Officer, Nelson Bays.

Letters to the 37 premises which refused sales will be sent to acknowledge their efforts.