Police on a liquor operation in Palmerston North were ''disappointed'' to see patrons staggering from a local bar and falling over drunk in the street.
"It was a very disappointing way to end the night," Sergeant Glenn Ryan said.
The controlled purchase operation saw two licensed premises sell alcohol to an underage volunteer. One of the premises illegally sold booze twice in two hours.
Concerns were also raised over the monitoring of the drunkenness of its patrons.
''Upon closing many patrons required assistance walking while others lost their balance completely and fell over in the streets,'' Ryan said.
Police and the Palmerston North City Council Liquor Licensing Inspector would have ''lengthy discussions'' with the licensee of the premises that made two sales, he said.
''At this premises the crowd controller asked for identification and despite the volunteers saying they did not have any on them they were allowed entry and were subsequently allowed to purchase.''
''Whilst it is pleasing to find the majority of premises refusing entry or service, it is disappointing to find some premises continuing to breach the most basic of provisions within the Sale of Liquor Act.''
The controlled purchase operation targeted 29 licensed premises on October 8. It was a combined effort by Palmerston North City Council Liquor Licensing Inspectors, the Health Ministry and Police.
Two supermarkets, two bottle stores and 25 licensed premises were visited.
- The Dominion Post