Pub shut after selling to underage drinkers

A CHESTERFIELD pub caught selling alcoholic drinks to underage customers on two different occasions has been forced to close for 28 days.

The Courtyard in Elder Court, Saltergate, has also had seven new conditions added to its licence by the council's licensing committee which said the actions of licensee Jayne Lesley Hutchinson demonstrated "a lack of proper management and control of the premises."

The pub was closed and new conditions imposed after a review was called for by Derbyshire Police.

The licensing committee heard Ms Hutchinson had been given advice by the police on how to avoid underage sales on July 2 last year.

But a month later a test purchase operation was carried out and three underage volunteers were sold alcohol by different members of staff without being challenged.

Police visited Ms Hutchinson again in October to discuss their concerns and she was told another test purchase exercise would take place and her licence was at risk.

And when it was carried out later that month another underage volunteer was sold alcohol without being challenged.

Trevor Durham, chairman of Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership's Violence, Alcohol harm and Licensing group, said: "If licence holders fail to heed this advice and break the law then they can expect to be dealt with strictly.

"We hope this case demonstrates to the public that we will not tolerate behaviour by those who sell alcohol which could result in crime and disorder."

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