Alcohol sold to underagers


Four Nelson businesses have been caught selling alcohol to minors in a police sting last week.

On Friday March 6, a Nelson Police alcohol harm reduction officer, together with officers from the Nelson City Council and Public Health, conducted a controlled purchase operation in the Nelson city area. Two 17 year old girls assisted the Police in visiting premises licensed to sell alcohol.

Twenty three premises in the Nelson City area were visited during the operation. Four of the premises visited breached the Sale of Liquor Act by selling the 17 year old girls cider. Three of the premises who sold the underage girls alcohol did not ask the girls their age and the fourth did not confirm the age by checking identification. Police enquiries are continuing and the premises will be identified publicly when these have been completed.

Nelson Bays prevention manager, senior sergeant John Price, says he was very disappointed with the result of this operation.

“This is especially poor as one of the premises has previously sold during a controlled purchase operation.”

He says previous operations had generally resulted in much higher levels of compliance.

“These results reinforce the need for Police to work with partners to ensure compliance with the regulation of alcohol sales and consumption. Licensees have a responsibility to ensure that they and their staff check the identification of people they serve alcohol to or there will be consequences for their business,” he said.