Booze age test fail

Buckfast tonic wine.
Buckfast tonic wine.

A WOMAN has been charged by police in the wake of an alcohol crackdown where drink was sold to an underage customer.

The 20-year-old checkout operator with Asda in Newton Mearns was arrested following an undercover operation by Strathclyde Police.

A 16-year-old was used to attempt to buy alcohol from a dozen licensed stores across Scotland.

The member of staff from Asda was the only person charged as a result of the operation.

Now the store’s alcohol license could be under threat from the licensing board.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: “A 20-year-old woman is being reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with an offence under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005”.

Almost one and a half years ago a Tesco store in Springburn had its drinks license suspended for four weeks following a similar operation where a 16-year-old boy was able to buy cider from the premises.

A spokeswoman for Asda said: “The colleague responsible for selling alcohol will not return to working on checkouts until they are retrained.

“We passed a follow-up police test purchase”.

The news comes in the same week that Scottish Labour unveiled an alternative proposal to the Scottish government’s minimum alcohol pricing policy.

The main platform of the 14-point bill is a legal limit being set on the amount of caffeine allowed in an pre-mixed alcoholic drinks.

This would effectively ban the tonic wine Buckfast from being sold north of the border.

The Bill will be steered through the Scottish parliament by Labour’s shadow public health minister, Dr Richard Simpson.

Dr Simpson said: “There are members of all political parties determined to tackle Scotland’s drink problem.

“But, if we are to be successful, we need to acknowledge there is no quick fix, silver bullet or one-size-fits-all solution.

“Scottish Labour is launching not just one idea, but a comprehensive package of measures that we believe will help tackle Scotland’s problem with drink.

“By contrast, the SNP minimum unit pricing Bill has come up with a single proposal which will hand a multi-million pound windfall each year to the big retailers and not provide a single penny more for police or our NHS”.