Liquor sting catches seven

Seven licensed premises in Te Anau and Manapouri failed to comply with the alcohol purchasing law when tested in a police alcohol control operation last weekend.

On Saturday, Te Anau police conducted a test of 17 premises in which a 16-year-old was assigned to buy alcohol.

This was to test the premises' compliance with their obligations under the Sale of Liquor Act 1989.

Seven premises failed and sold alcohol to the 16-year-old. In five of the stores, no age was asked for or identification sought.

Those failing were Bailiez Cafe, Black Dog Bar, Cafe La Dolce Vita, Hollyford Boulevard Cafe, Manapouri Lakeview Cafe and Bar, The Moose Bar and Ristorante Pizzeria da Toni. Some of the premises that did pass the test had no duty manager present and Te Anau alcohol reduction officer Constable Glenn Matheson said the result was ''extremely disappointing''. The alleged offences will be reported to the Liquor Licensing Authority.