Raceday sting catches underage liquor sales

Last updated 05:00 16/12/2013

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Two bars at the Southland Racing Club's Christmas meeting at Ascot Park on Saturday were caught selling alcohol to minors.

Inspector Olaf Jensen, of Invercargill, said a controlled purchase operation was done at the races on Saturday and two of the bars failed by selling alcohol to under-18s.

Four people were also arrested for alcohol-related disorder at the races, including an intoxicated 16-year-old.

Mr Jensen said he was relatively happy overall, but again disappointed some people did not have a responsible attitude towards alcohol.

Saturday night was slightly busier than usual because of the number of racegoers who went into the inner city but general behaviour was not too bad, he said.

Red Frog volunteer Amy Bishop, whose group provides a positive presence in alcohol-fuelled environments, said racegoers had been more responsible than last year.

More people had tents that catered for racegoers, meaning fewer people needed their help.

Southland Racing Club president Sean Bellew said the south bar quickly became crowded when mid-afternoon rain forced people indoors and as people squeezed in, tensions rose slightly.

The bar was closed after race 6.

Large queues at the toilets were a problem every year, despite an extra 40 portable toilets at this year's races.

 

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