Having the bottle to say no

Two people in a supermarket

As part of a city-wide crackdown on alcohol-related crime and disorder, trading standards have joined forces with Greater Manchester Police to clamp down on underage sales of alcohol.

A joint scheme 'Having the bottle to say no IN Salford' was launched in August 2008 and off-licences across the city are being encouraged to sign up. The scheme is designed to help retailers to be more vigilant to underage sales and support them in refusing to serve those who look underage and have no ID. It also addresses adults who attempt to buy alcohol for under 18s.

Retailers who sign up to the scheme are given display boards for their licence, along with posters and fridge stickers which all carry messages to reinforce that the shop won't be serving alcohol to people who look underage without ID. Other messages remind adults of the fines they can face if they buy alcohol for under 18s.

The scheme also involves the shop keeping a log of when they have refused sales to underage customers and having a documented training system in place for staff in relation to age restricted products.

One off-licence manager who has signed up to the scheme said "The signs are working and less youths are gathering in the area and if other shop keepers sign up to the scheme it will help to stop the trouble with underage people and adults who try to buy alcohol for them."

For more information please emailĀ trading.standards@salford.gov.uk.

This page was last updated on 8 September 2015

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