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ACTION will be taken at an Alnwick pub after an under-age drinker was served by staff.

A 16-year-old volunteer bought alcohol ‘without problem’ at Oscars during a joint operation between police and Trading Standards to uncover licensed premises which would sell booze to youngsters.

The Narrowgate pub was the only one visited in Alnwick.

Three Amble venues were also targeted during the investigation but the trio – The Dock, The Waterloo and Pier 81, all on Queen Street – all refused to serve the under-age drinkers, with one as young as 14.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Peart said: “Under-age drinking and the associated problems like anti-social behaviour are a priority for officers in the Alnwick and Amble areas and so running operations like this with our partners at Trading Standards are essential and help us to identify licensed premises who are selling alcohol to under-age drinkers.

“Some of the premises we visited though were truly professional and refused to serve the children – this is really positive to see and shows that they are as committed as we are to making sure the area remains safe.

“However the management of the pub where the volunteer was served are being investigated for offences and action will be taken.”

Police will be carrying out patrols of bars and pubs at key times over the festive period to make sure that people aren’t drinking too much or causing problems.

And Inspector Peart fired a warning shot to anyone who does cause drink-related disorder.

“Expect to be arrested,” she said. “We want this Christmas to be an enjoyable one for everyone and we wont let the minority who choose to go out, drink too much and cause disorder ruin the holidays for everyone else.”