Pub sold booze to girl, 14
A PUB in Tuffley was caught serving alcohol to a 14-year-old girl at the weekend.
Special constables fined the barman at The Gladiator Inn £80 for serving the girl on Friday as part of Operation Nite-X which was set up to tackle underage drinking, binge drinking, alcohol related disorders and enforce licensing regulations.
The girl was an underage volunteer, helping the police in a test purchase as part of the operation.
On top of the fine, further meetings are now arranged with the licence holder to tackle concerns.
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Tanya Jones, manager of the Gladiator, said: "It is something we deeply regret and something that happened because I had to nip and look after my daughter who was ill.
"In the 20 minutes I was away he had served the young girl, but I should not have left him.
"It's not something that we condone or do and we have a special book where we record those we refuse to serve and regularly ask for identification."
Police also found motorists were ignoring restrictions designed to protect nightclub goers on Eastgate Street.
Sergeant Liz Lovell said: "This operation has been extremely successful – underage drinking and alcohol more generally can be a significant catalyst for anti-social behaviour and it's important we tackle these matters.
"There are still a number of premises serving alcohol to under 18s and this will remain our focus for future operations.
"We will continue to monitor the situation there."