Tuffley pub serves 14-year-old girl
A pub in Tuffley served alcohol to a 14-year-old girl and motorists ignored restrictions designed to protect nightclub goers on Eastgate Street during an operation run by the Special Constabulary in Gloucester last weekend.
The fourth evening of Operation Nite-X on Friday (September 7) involved ten special constables tackling issues such as underage drinking, binge drinking, alcohol related disorders and licensing enforcement.
The pub in Tuffley Lane was being visited by an underage volunteer taking part in a police run test purchase as part of the operation. An £80 fine has been given to the member of staff who served the girl and further meetings are now arranged with the licence holder to tackle concerns.
Later that night, officers moved to Eastgate Street and issued three £30 fixed penalty notices to drivers ignoring the no entry signs put in place late at night to ensure the safety of pub and club goers walking along the road.
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Police are now reminding motorists that only taxis, delivery vehicles and emergency vehicles are allowed to contravene the no entry sign.
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.
"The measures in place on Eastgate Street are vital to ensure public safety for late night drinkers in the city centre, and have worked very effectively over the last year. However there are still drivers willing to contravene the restrictions and cause congestion in an area which has a high footfall late at night.
"We will continue to monitor the situation there."
Special Constables are volunteers with full police powers, who provide valuable support to their full time colleagues. More information on how to apply to become a special can be found at www.gloucestershire.police.uk.