Police plan to recruit teenagers for pub sting operations

The alcohol test purchasing scheme has been suspended for several years. Picture by Hugh Russell
Brendan Hughes
THE PSNI plans to re-introduce controversial sting operations where teenagers test whether pubs and off-licences will sell them alcohol. Police shelved the alcohol test purchasing scheme four years ago following concerns from youth organisations about the welfare of children involved. But documents uncovered by The Irish News reveal that officers now plan to relaunch the operation in a bid to combat underage drinking. The development comes amid heightened concerns over binge-drinking among young people following disturbances in Belfast's Holylands area on St Patrick's Day. [...]

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