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25% of licensed outlets sell alcohol to children

Published:  23 July, 2008

More than one-quarter of licensed premises in London were found to have sold alcohol to children.

Tests by London Trading Standards Authorities showed that 26.8% of licensed premises were guilty of the offence, compared with 22% in 2005/6.

The tests involve local authorities arranging for children to attempt to buy alcohol in pubs and off-licences.

Despite the increase, only 10% of the on-trade outlets responsible were prosecuted. Some 58% were fined, and a further 10% were cautioned.

This week, PM Gordon Brown met with industry chiefs to discuss how best to tackle the problems of underage sales and binge drinking.