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Nearly all off-licenses in Bexley won't sell alcohol without seeing ID

PUBLISHED: 14:10 24 June 2016 | UPDATED: 14:10 24 June 2016

98 per cent of off-licenses wouldn't sell alcohol without seeing an ID

98 per cent of off-licenses wouldn't sell alcohol without seeing an ID

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Trading Standards recently performed their annual check

Trading Standards officers across the Bexley borough have discovered that nearly 100 per cent of off-licenses are complying with age checking policy for selling alcohol.

Officers sent in a young looking 18-year-old into off licenses to try and buy alcohol as part of its annual check.

This year, 98 per cent of shops refused to sell alcohol to the test purchaser without seeing ID.

The remaining two per cent will be tested again later this year using an underage test purchaser.

If caught selling, Trading Standards will intervene.

David Bryce-Smith, deputy director for public protection at the council said: “This is the best result to date and it reflects work that the council and police have done with the licensed trade to stop children from being able to buy alcohol.”

Chief superintendent Jeff Boothe is borough commander of Bexley Police.

He said: “This is a positive message, showing how the business community recognises the importance challenge the issues of underage drinking and the importance of safeguarding children.

“We will continue to work in partnership with the local authority and education authorities to reduce the likelihood of offences being committed.”

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