The King’s Arms pub in Horsham has been caught selling alcohol to minors by Sussex police.
The officers made a series of test purchases on Monday 16th September in 10 local pubs and off licenses around the Horsham area. The test purchases were made by volunteers aged between 15 and 16 years of age, and officers used intelligence to target specific premises that were thought to be selling alcohol to under 18 year olds.
The volunteers were able to purchase alcohol from the King’s Arms pub located just off the A287 road in Horsham.
Sussex Police said that “we take the sale of alcohol to children extremely seriously; not only is it illegal, but it exposes children to harm and can contribute to anti-social behaviour.”
Chief inspector Howard Hodges further added “It is important that people who sell alcohol must do so legally and in a responsible manner. We will, with our partners, continue to test premises where we have intelligence to suggest that under age sales are taking place and we will take enforcement where appropriate.”
The pub could be fined up to a maximum of £5,000 for selling alcohol to a minor.
Sussex police are not only clamping down on the sale of alcohol to minors, but they are also continuingly their efforts to prevent drink driving, especially in the lead up to Christmas. It should go without saying, but if you’re out drinking make sure you don’t drive home. Take a taxi instead. If you’re in the Horsham area, we suggest using Guildford Taxi.