VENUES across Stafford and Stone caught serving booze to under age drinkers are working with police and trading standards to tackle the problem.
Police and trading standards put venues to the test in both towns, sending in volunteers posing as under-age drinkers to see if they would get served.
And at least nine venues failed the test, serving alcoholic drinks to teenagers clearly under age. Out of the first six tested in Stone five failed.
The nine included the Bird in Hand, The Swan Hotel, The Lord Nelson, and the Post House in Stafford, Granvilles, The Lounge, the Poste of Stone, the Star Inn and The Swan in Stone.
The Swan Hotel and Swan in Stone have since made changes to ensure they comply with their licences.
The other seven venues are due to have their licences reviewed by Stafford Borough Council.
Inspector Jed White, from Staffordshire Police, said the reasons for the licence reviews were to see what changes could be made to ensure all venues were compliant in the future.
He said it was important to ensure bar staff followed the Challenge 25 scheme to ask anyone under 25 for ID.
He added: “We often do testing to see how easy it is for under-age people to get alcohol.
“We warn premises that we will be testing them in the next few months.
“In the south of the county we have tested 86 venues since June and there has been a 43 per cent failure rate. That is a real concern to us.
“We will continue working with venues across the area premises will be re- tested.”
Ashiana, The Crown of India and the Underground were all found to have preventable crime and disorder issues and their licences are also up for review.