Shops fail drink crackdown

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A TOTAL of 31 licensed premises in Sheffield and Barnsley have failed undercover police operations set up to crack down on the sale of booze to underage drinkers.

The South Yorkshire Police campaign started in November and will be continued this month.

Police sent teenagers aged 15 and 16 into shops and off licences in Sheffield and Barnsley to try to buy alcohol.

In November 123 premises were visited in Sheffield and 17 failed.

In Barnsley, 60 premises were visited and 14 failed.

The tests continue this month and those premises failing will be given a fixed penalty fine.

If they fail a second time the licensees could be asked to close voluntarily for 48 hours or face prosecution.