Four bars penalised after sting

The managers of four Blenheim bars that failed an alcohol sting in April have all been penalised.

Senior Sergeant Peter Payne said the manager at Fairweathers Bar lost her job, an acting manager at Paddy Barrys Bar was warned and the manager at Scotch chose not to renew his manager's certificate.

If he had tried to renew his certificate it would have been denied, Payne said.

Criterion Hotel owner Terry Sloan had his manager's certificate suspended for 28 days because he sold alcohol to a minor during the April operation. He was the duty manager at the time.

Police made an application to the Alcohol Regulatory Licensing Authority to suspend Sloan's manager's certificate and temporarily close all four bars after an agreement between bar owners and police.

Fairweathers closed for 24 hours on Thursday last week, while Paddy Barrys and Biddy Kate's are set to close for 24 hours on Thursday next week. Sloan is to lose his manager's certificate for 28 days from Thursday next week.

Police and Scotch Wine Bar agreed to a 72-hour closure after the bar failed its second alcohol sting in six months.

The Marlborough Express