Two businesses sold alcoholic drinks to under-age teenagers during a series of test purchases in Brighton and Hove organised by Sussex Police, the force said today (Wednesday 22 December).
It was the second test in a row to have been failed by both premises.
Four other businesses with an “off licence” – a licence to sell alcohol to be taken off the premises – passed the test.
The results come after tests two months ago found that one off-licence out of 12 served an under-age customer.
Sussex Police said today: “Brighton and Hove’s licensing officers have carried out the latest round of under-age test purchases at off-licences across the city.
“Under Operation Teepee, the Licensing Team employs under-age volunteers to attempt to buy alcohol from off-licences, to check whether vendors ask for proof of age.
“If an operator fails the test, licensing officers will educate them on the terms of their licence, review these conditions and take enforcement action if necessary.
“On Thursday 9 December, six off-licences were inspected in the latest round of Operation Teepee checks.
“Four premises passed – two of which were re-tests of stores which had previously failed.
“Another two off-licences which failed last time were re-tested and both failed to carry out the proper checks this time around.
“One member of staff will be prosecuted under the Licensing Act 2003 after they served the underage volunteers for the initial failure and then again during the failed re-test.
“Enforcement action will also be taken against the two premises which failed their re-tests.”
Inspector Michelle Palmer-Harris said: “It was disappointing to see two premises failed for a second time and appropriate action will be taken.
“We were very pleased that four premises passed and will continue to support them.
“As a Licensing Team we will continue to ensure alcohol vendors are adhering to their responsibilities, not only during the festive period but into the new year.”
Last month Sussex Police said: “Over the course of 2021 … seven premises served volunteers under the age of 18.
“Five of these had conditions added to their licences, six were issued with formal warnings and met with licensing officers and one designated premises supervisor will be prosecuted.”