Shop staff tackle under-age sales

06 April, 2007

A responsible shop worker has helped police catch a customer buying alcohol for under-age children.

Joanne Russell, manager of Bargain Booze in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, handed over CCTV footage of a customer buying alcohol for a group of children hanging around outside the shop. The

32-year-old Ellesmere Port man has now received a formal police caution.

Russell said: "We're suspicious of everybody that walks into the shop. You get this gut feeling, so you give them the opportunity to walk away. The ones that don't we follow outside and try and catch them passing alcohol on to the children."

Russell praised the Ellesmere Port Community Action Team officers for working in partnership with local off-licences: "We have a brilliant rapport with the police and they come round straight away."

She added that staff training is key to combating under-age drinking. "We have constant in-house training and we're always updating the staff files so we know what training they've had," Russell said.

Bargain Booze franchisee Leona Starzec, who manages a store in Sheffield, has also been recognised for her hard work in tackling under-age sales.

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