STAFFORDSHIRE Police Licensing Unit has issued a Closure Notice to a pub in Leek town centre after alcohol was sold to underage customers.
The Roebuck Hotel, in Derby Street, sold alcohol to juvenile volunteers posing as customers twice within a one-month period (between 28 February and 14 March) and by doing so committed the offence of 'persistently selling alcohol to children'.
A Police spokesman said: "The venue was aware of the first sale and licensing officers had spoken to the premise supervisor following the first sale to ensure they had put additional measures in place to prevent further sales. The police were assured by the premise supervisor that all staff had been trained in relation to underage sales.
"When the second sale occurred it transpired that the member of staff who made the second sale had not received any additional training in relation to underage sales following the first sale taking place."
Sgt Dave Wright, from the force’s Licensing Unit, added: “This demonstrates an unacceptable attitude towards a serious aspect of the licensing regime by the venue.
“The level of underage sales at public houses within Leek is high - with 11 venues selling alcohol to police volunteers on two operations within the one-month period.”
The closure notice issued by the police can last between two and fourteen days and is issued in lieu of the premise licence holder going to court over the matter where the maximum penalty could be a £20,000 fine and up to three months closure of the venue.
The Roebuck will be closed from 5pm today (Thurs 8 May) and it will reopen after 5pm on Saturday 10 May.
The Police spokesman added: "Further testing of the venue will take place in the coming months to ensure that appropriate training has been given to staff to prevent underage sales of alcohol to children.
"The force’s Licensing Unit advises all venues to ensure that staff are fully trained in their responsibilities relating to the sale of alcohol to children."