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Shops caught selling alcohol to 15-year-old

A 15-YEAR-OLD was sold drink at four different off licences last December, a court heard.

The teenaged girl was taking part in a Garda clampdown on underage drink sales in Co Louth and had been accompanied by a garda.

Sgt Donal McGivern said he saw the girl buy a six pack of Heineken at the Topaz Filling Station in Mell, Drogheda.

He told Drogheda District Court that she was asked her age when she bought a can of Bulmers at the ESSO filling station on North Road, Drogheda. He said she had told the attendant she was 15 years old but he still sold the drink to her.

The court heard the attendant, who was dismissed the next day, told his boss he thought the girl was only joking about her age.

Sgt McGivern told the court he saw the girl buy a bottle of Bacardi Breezer without being challenged at Victory's Centra Store in Dunleer while she had bought a bottle of WKD from Brian Reynolds filling station on Ballymakenny Road, Drogheda.

The court heard that in all cases new procedures had been put in place by the retailers.

Irish Independent