Bars likely to be suspended

Palmerston North police expect to begin suspension discussions this week with two liquor outlets caught selling alcohol to minors in a sting.

Two teenagers, both aged 17, were sent into 22 on- and off-licence premises in Palmerston North on Friday, but were able to buy alcohol from only two of them.

Alcohol harm reduction officer Sergeant Jeff Veale said both businesses that failed were on-licence premises.

Both owners accepted they had made a mistake, he said.

Police hoped to have discussions about the suspensions - usually four weeks for the bar manager and one day for the business - this week. If an agreement could not be reached, the matter could go to court, he said.

The controlled purchase operation was run by police, Palmerston North City Council licensing inspectors, and health representatives.

The premises visited included supermarkets, bottle stores and bars. The other outlets had shown "robust processes" around identification checks, Veale said.

Manawatu Standard