Five off-license premises in Lower Hutt are in danger of losing not only their liquor supply licence but also the managers’ licences after supplying under-18s with alcohol.
Police ran a covert operation targeting off-licence premises such as superettes, foodmarkets and hotels on 27 March. They visited 20 premises and it’s alleged five sold liquor to a minor.
Licensing Sergeant Andy Smith from the Community Engagement Team says they have asked the Liquor Licensing Authority to consider suspending or cancelling liquor and manager’s licenses. One employee faces a charge in the District Court for a supply offence that carries a maximum fine of $2,500.
“We’re pleased with the results of this operation as it shows the majority of off-licence holders are conscientious in their obligations and are serious about protecting our young people from liquor abuse.”
The other 15 outlets who abided by liquor laws were sent letters of congratulations.