Cumbria Police have been conducting a underage test purchasing operation of alcohol across Egremont, Cleator Moor and Whitehaven.
A spokesperson said:
"One store failed, and a penalty notice was issued."
- The police may carry out a spot check following a complaint or intelligence about premises selling age restricted products to underage consumers. However, a randomised test purchase could also be simply a matter of routine.
- When a test purchase happens, police tend to use under-18s who look their age. They are not trying to trick businesses, so basically, when a test purchase happens premises should not doubt that the person is underage.