SUTTON pubs have been hit by a police operation designed to catch irresponsible drinks sellers serving underage customers.
Four pubs failed the test by serving an underage volunteer during the operation which took place on 7th May.
They were the Crown and Woolpack in Forest Street, The Rifle Volunteer at Forest Road, the Miner’s Arms in Stoneyford Road and the Market Tavern in Market Place - the only pub which passed a similar test purchase operation in February.
Now the staff who served the volunteer face fines and the pubs have been warned to tighten up their procedures or face tougher penalties.
But there was better news for those pubs who failed last time.
The New Cross on Outram Street, Wetherspoons-owned pub the Picture House on Fox Street, the Devonshire Arms on High Pavement, and the White Swan on Devonshire Square, all passed this time round.
Amy Worthington, Devonshire Arms landlady, said in February the staff member involved would be reprimanded and there would be extra training. Now it appeared the training had paid off.
“I am really pleased we were successful and I hope that it shows we are responsible drinks sellers.”
A police spokesman also issued a warning to licensee and ssaid: “The licensees who failed during the last operation have clearly learned their lesson which is good news.”