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PSNI bust bar with 20 underage drinkers


Around 20 young people under 18 were caught drinking

Around 20 young people under 18 were caught drinking

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Around 20 young people under 18 were caught drinking

A bar has been caught out serving around 20 underage young people as part of a special operation being carried out by the PSNI to ensure all door staff in Northern Ireland are licenced.

Local policing team officers from the PSNI's Newry and Mourne district were inspecting a bar to check for Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences, but arrived before the door staff came on duty.

Looking around, officers noticed that some of the clientele were on the young side - with around 20 of the bar's patrons under the age of 18 and four of them carrying "rather dodgy" fake IDs.

A spokesperson for PSNI Newry and Mourne said: "The owner of the premises was cautioned for allowing minors on licensed premises and the parents of the young people will be spoken to in due course.

"Please make sure you know where your kids are and who they are with."

The searches were carried out as part of the PSNI's Op Noomin, which has seen them checking door staff across the country to make sure accreditation is in order.

Speaking about the operation, Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton said: "The joint operation will work towards keeping people safe by ensuring only legitimate licensed door staff are employed at venues where they can work in partnership and contribute to protecting the public."

He also mentioned that there was be a particular focus on this weekend due to A Level results being released last week, and a focus on next weekend, with GCSE results due to be released on Thursday.

Belfast Telegraph