Pub landlady fined for selling drink to underage teen

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A 34-year-old landlady has been fined for selling alcohol to a child.

Hayley Smith, premises licence holder at the Plough Inn in Church Street, Warsop, was caught out during a test purchase operation by Nottinghamshire Police and Mansfield District Council in December.

She sold two bottles of lager to a 16-year-old boy.

At Mansfield Magistrates Court on Monday Smith pleaded guilty to selling alcohol to a person under the age of 18 and was fined £170.

Mansfield Woodhouse Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Webster said: “We run test purchase operations on licensed premises as often as we can in a bid to ensure people are living up to their responsibilities.

“The best result, of course, would be to find that everyone is operating within the law. Unfortunately, on this occasion, it was a landlady. Not the greatest example to set for her staff.

“Selling alcohol to minors is illegal and irresponsible and she has been dealt with as a result.

“Those prosecuted for selling alcohol to children risk having their licence revoked. If in doubt check your customers’ ID and remember you can refuse to serve anyone you are not satisfied is of legal age to drink.”

If you suspect someone of selling alcohol under 18s contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.