Picton pub falls foul of booze sting

A Picton bar has been caught selling alcohol to minors.

Seumus's Irish Bar on Wellington St agreed to sell alcohol to two 16-year-old girls during an alcohol sting on July 12.

Marlborough police, liquor licensing officials and the district health board teamed up to conduct the controlled purchase operation at 12 licensed premises in Marlborough.

The other 11 bars did not serve alcohol to the volunteers.Marlborough police prevention manager Senior Sergeant Peter Payne said he was disappointed another Marlborough bar had been found selling alcohol to an underage person.

In April, four Blenheim bars failed a controlled purchase operation. Scotch Wine Bar in Maxwell Rd, Biddy Kates Irish Bar in Market St, Fairweathers Bar in Scott St, and Paddy Barrys in Scott St were all caught in the sting.

"We make no secret of the fact that we will be out checking that licence holders are complying with their obligations,'' Payne said.

''It's very disappointing to continue to find managers and staff falling short of those obligations,'' he said.

Licence holders were expected to meet all of their obligations under the liquor licensing laws at all times. That included checks to make sure people buying alcohol were of the legal age, he said.

''There is simply no excuse for not checking a customer's ID and anyone who fails to do so can expect to be held to account,'' he said.

Controlled purchase operations would continue to run at regular intervals,  with a focus on sports clubs over the winter months, he said. 

Seumus's Bar would be referred to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority.

The Marlborough Express