Undercover operation targets Sheffield pubs and shops selling alcohol to underage teenagers

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An undercover operation has been conducted in Sheffield city centre to crackdown on pubs and shops selling alcohol to underage teenagers.

Volunteers under the age of 18 and under the guidance of police officers attempted to purchase alcohol from 12 licensed premises last night. Four of these venues failed.

The person selling the alcohol in each case faces a £90 fine and the premises will be revisited by police within the next three months.

The operation was conducted by the Sheffield Central Local Policing Team and a spokesperson said: "We are committed to making the city centre safe and working with licensed premises to challenge people who look under the age of 25 and encourage those who work in these venues to ask for identification to prove their age."

This follows a similar operation in Crookes last week in which two premises failed and three passed.