Nelson booze outlets get clean sheet


Nelson Police Alcohol Harm Reduction Officer, along with Public Health and Nelson City Council licensing inspectors conducted a controlled alcohol purchase operation on Saturday evening visiting 22 businesses in Nelson city to see if they would sell alcohol to minors.

Staff at every business visited asked the two underage volunteers for proof of age when they requested alcohol.

Sergeant Mal Drummond says this was the second operation in a row in which no sales had been made to minors.

“It’s very encouraging to see that those selling alcohol are taking their responsibilities seriously. What was particularly good on this occasion was the number of staff members who asked for ID and didn’t just ask the volunteers how old they were or are you 18. We encourage all patrons who appear 25 years and under to be asked for I.D”

Mal says he would be contacting all of the businesses visited to inform them the operation had taken place and to congratulate them on the result.

He says controlled purchase operations would continue to be held on a regular basis across the Nelson region.

“We’re very encouraged by these results and hopefully licence holders can maintain this perfect record as we head towards the summer season,” he says.