POLICE have warned that a number of operations will be underway this month to crack down on underage drinking.

Pubs, clubs and other licenses premises will be subject to test purchasing operations where teenagers aged just 15 and 16 will be sent in to attempt to buy alcohol. 

Anyone that fails will be issued a fine by police and given a warning - and if they fail twice they will be asked to either close for 48 hours or be prosecuted.

Superintendent Shaun Morley said: “We want to tackle underage drinking over the Christmas period and if we can get the licensed premises to be extra vigilant then we are some way to achieving this.

“The test purchasing operations will be targeting those premises we have relevant intelligence to suggest they are serving alcohol to underage people."

In Barnsley last month, 60 premises were visited and tested - 14 failed.