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Liskeard pub owner who sold alcohol to under-18 fined

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

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A Liskeard publican has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 by the courts after he was caught selling alcohol to a child.

Lewis Jon Elliot, who runs the Railway Inn in Barn Street, was taken to court by Cornwall Council's trading standards team after they sent in a 16-year-old volunteer to try to buy alcohol on March 9.

The test purchase operation, which saw the teenager buy a bottle of "alcopop", was launched after the council department received information that suggested underage drinking was regularly taking place at the pub.

Cornwall Council said the same pub had failed a similar test purchase in 2010, after which advice was given to the licensee to prevent a recurrence.

Despite this, Elliot, 29, appeared at Bodmin Magistrates Court on November 28 charged with serving alcohol to a person under the age of 18. He pleaded guilty to offences under Section 146 of the Licensing Act 2003 and the magistrates fined him £265 for the offence. He was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and Cornwall Council's court costs of £837.31.

Nigel Strick, Fair Trading Manager at Cornwall Council said: "The sale of alcohol to children will not be tolerated."

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  • josdave  |  December 05 2012, 2:04PM

    Those under 18 will, as they have always done, try to get alcohol and no blame goes to them. Any adult who buys for or sells to them should be punished end of.

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  • JJLee  |  December 05 2012, 9:37AM

    Not sure how your comment warrants red (now repaired) RrrrLlllBbbb, I see nobody has countered your comment, so I am guessing 16 year olds are doing what 16 years do.

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  • jimjams2011  |  December 04 2012, 7:16PM

    16 year old should be able to drink in pubs. They should also lower the tax on beers in pubs and raise it in supermarkets.

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  • Puzzell  |  December 04 2012, 1:39PM

    This is entrapment

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  • RrrrLlllBbbb  |  December 02 2012, 12:19PM

    Selling alcohol to an under-aged person should warrant a more severe fine as well as a business license loss. Set the example!

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