In 2016, St Helena Police, with the support of the Safeguarding Directorate, introduced Age Verification Cards to provide proof of a person's age when purchasing alcohol and cigarettes from both shops and bars.
These cards help protect businesses plus owners and staff of licensed premises, ensuring that they comply with the law and do not sell alcohol and cigarettes to customers under the age of 18. Customers who appear to be under the age of 21 will be asked to provide identification before being served any alcohol or cigarettes.
The number of applications for the Age Verification Cards has recently declined from the initial numbers in 2016 and the public is therefore reminded of this free service.
Sergeant Anthony Clingham said:
I appeal to those concerned, if you do not have a card please get an application form from the St Helena Police Directorate at Coleman's House and apply as soon as possible.
The Police Service will continue to work with businesses and partners to ensure that guidance is given on best practice for the protection of young persons on St Helena. The Police regularly visit all current licensed premises and will work together to support those applying for new licenses to ensure that they adopt this scheme.
The free Age Verification Card application forms are also available from various licensed premises around the Island including Donny's Bar, The Consulate Hotel, The Standard, The White Horse, The Mule Yard, Rosie's, The Oasis, Colin's Bar, Moonshine's Bar, Silver Hill Bar, V2 Paradise and Wicked Wahoo.
Production of this card by a person at the point of sale provides licensees and their staff with the confidence of knowing that the cardholder aged 18 years or over. For young people it means that they can enjoy their night out having quickly confirmed their age, without the embarrassment of being refused service.
Source: St Helena Government