Three Lincoln venues fined for underage alcohol sales

Three establishments in Lincoln have been fined for selling alcohol to underage volunteers in a police sting operation.

On Friday, September 13, Lincolnshire Police and Trading Standards used two 16-year-old volunteers in an operation at eight city venues with alcohol licences.

Three venues have been fined £90 each for selling alcohol to the teenagers: Tap and Spile on Motherby Lane, Hartsholme Sports Club on Ashby Avenue and Lincoln Hospital Sports and Social Club on St Anne’s Road.

The three Premises Licence Holders will be invited to an informal meeting with police licensing and trading standards to discuss measures to prevent further underage sales. The venue would then be retested in the future.

The five venues which refused sale and requested ID were Lincolnshire Poacher on Bunkers Hill, Duke William Hotel in Bailgate, the Still on Flaxengate, and Rileys on Silver Street, which refused entry.

The Lincoln Moorlands Club on Newark Road, Lincoln refused sale after ID was requested and none produced, but there will be intervention with the premises in relation to breaches of Private Members Club Rules, Lincolnshire Police said in a statement.

The operation was part of week-long campaign highlighting the harm that alcohol can cause by Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Trading Standards.