POLICE in Calderdale have vowed to make Christmas safe for everyone.
A number of initiatives are underway in the run-up to the festive season - including operations to prevent underage drinking and to keep night-time revellers safe.
The district’s Licensing Officers have already teamed up with Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT), Special Constables and West Yorkshire Trading Standards to visit 33 off licensed premises and nine pubs and bars in Calderdale to check for underage drinkers.
They used boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 15 to see if licensees would serve them without asking for proof of age. Eight off-licences and two pubs sold alcohol to underage youngsters in Calderdale.
One outlet in Brighouse failed the test and was one of seven in Calderdale issued an £80 penalty notice tickets.
The fines were issued to assistants who sold alcohol and one shop owner was reported for summons for the offence of selling alcohol to someone under the age of 18. Insp Derek Benn, for Calderdale’s Community Safety Partnership, said: “All owners and supervisors of the premises who made the sales are now being visited and spoken to regarding offences which have been committed.”