Girl, 16, is served at Hanley's Quality Hotel
BOUNCERS are set to be brought in three nights a week at one of Stoke-on-Trent's biggest hotels after a barman sold booze to a 16-year-old girl.
Staffordshire Police want at least two bouncers at The Quality Hotel, in Hanley, from 8pm on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.
They made the request after ordering a review of the hotel's alcohol licence when the 16-year-old bought two bottles of alcohol in last December's trading standards sting.
Seventeen venues were targeted in the December 17 operation, with four of the pubs and clubs selling alcohol to under-18s.
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Now officials running the Trinity Street hotel have been ordered to
appear before Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Licensing Sub-Committee at a meeting on Monday.
Police officials today blamed the incident on poor training and a shortage of hotel staff.
Sergeant David Wright, from Staffordshire Police's licensing enforcement team, said: "The underage person entered the premises, approached the bar and was served an alcoholic drink by a male bar staff member who was working alone.
"The child did not look 18 and this can be proved by the fact that 13 venues refused to sell. This gives a clear indication that the volunteer did not look the correct age.
"When interviewing the seller of the drink, it is clear that minimal training was given in relation to underage sales, prior to the visit.
"He said it was his first employment selling alcohol and had started to work at the premises in July 2011.
"He had received training from the barman in relation to underage sales within two weeks of starting there but nothing since.
"The police believe that the lack of training of the seller and the poor staffing levels has undoubtedly led to the underage sales."
The venue is run by Coventry-based Prince Hotels.
Asked about the licensing review, Hanley branch manager John Murphy said: "We have been working with the police to sort out the licence."