Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight bars given alcohol sales ban

Two bars have become the first on the Isle of Wight to be banned from selling alcohol after being caught serving children.

Foleys Irish Bar at Shanklin Beach Hotel and Ryde Superbowl have each been ordered to stop selling alcohol for seven days.

The order comes after they failed two test purchases within three months.

The venues sold alcohol to teenagers aged 15 or 16 twice, in stings by police and trading standards officials.

Foleys must stop selling alcohol for seven days from Monday while Ryde Superbowl's ban starts on 4 February.

Hampshire Constabulary, which issued the bans under the Licensing Act 2003, says it it working with the venues.

Nick Ward, director of Coenus, which runs Foleys Bar, said: "Despite a very high standard of staff training and awareness, we completely agree that it is unacceptable that a member of staff twice failed to comply with the most important duty of ensuring that a customer is of a legal age to purchase and consume alcohol whilst on our premises."

Ryde Superbowl has yet to comment.

Sergeant Mark Voller said: "Police view selling alcohol to juveniles as a serious matter, as reflected by the action taken against these venues."

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