Two shops in Haverhill were caught selling alcohol to underage teens in the latest operation carried out by police and trading standards.
Police checked seven licensed premises in the town this month and two of the stores failed.
In December police checked the same seven stores and three of those failed.
However, all of the original three passed this month’s test, with two new stores failing.
The test purchase operation was carried out by two members of the Haverhill Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), two trading standards officers and two police teens from the newly formed police cadets who attempted to buy the booze.
The shop workers that sold the alcohol were given a £90 fixed penalty notice.
Police and trading standards made checks to see if the licence holder had informed staff of the law, and no fines were issued against them, though a warning was instead.
Inspector Peter Ferrie from the Haverhill SNT said: “Criminal proceedings have been instigated against the person in each shop who sold the alcohol.”
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (January 16) Echo.