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More councils in Wales get under-age drinks sale powers

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Thirteen more councils in Wales are being given powers to hand out £80 fines to people caught selling alcohol to anyone under the age of 18.

Previously only police officers in the counties could issue the fixed penalty.

The extra powers being granted to trading standards officers working for the accredited councils are aimed at tackling under-age drinking.

The five local authorities in the Gwent Police force area have been operating the scheme for the last two years.

Trading standards in any county can carry out test purchase checks on traders to establish whether they will sell alcohol to those under age.

COUNCILS WITH AUTHORITY TO ISSUE ALCOHOL FINES:
Ceredigion
Pembrokeshire
Powys
Isle of Anglesey
Conwy
Denbighshire
Flintshire
Wrexham
Bridgend
Cardiff
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Swansea
Vale of Glamorgan
Source: Gwent Police

A range of enforcement options is available including prosecution and review of the alcohol licence.

Now, due to a joint initiative with the four police forces of Wales, some trading standards officers working for 18 councils will be able to issue £80 penalty notices.

More than 50 trading standards officers have attended courses run by Gwent Police.

Jacqui Morgan, chair of the Wales heads of trading standards, said it would help tackle under-age drinking and health and anti-social behaviour problems associated with it.

"I am delighted that this new power is now available to assist us in this important area of work," she added.

"Although the penalty is issued to the person at the till, we will still continue to take the necessary action against the licence holder."

Social Justice Minister Brian Gibbons said: "Tackling the sale of alcohol to young people is a key part of the Welsh Assembly Government's substance misuse strategy.

"I am pleased to be working with trading standards and Gwent Police to find new ways of enforcing current legislation around under-age drinking and encouraging those who sell alcohol to check the ages of young people."



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