Police tried seven times to set up Trentham Racecourse, got them in the end

Is it just me that is uneasy with a Police sting that tries seven times to get the result they wanted?

The kegs will be dry and the wine glasses empty at Trentham Racecourse for the first time next month after it failed a police booze sting on Wellington Cup Day.

But drunk punters horsing were not to blame for Wellington Racing Club breaching its liquor licence on January 23.

Rather, it was an underage buyer with no ID being served alcohol on the seventh attempt of a police sting, after six previous efforts to illegally purchase alcohol had failed.

The breach comes amid a backdrop of Police getting tough on race day events.

That is outrageous.

At the 7th attempt? Really? Why do I feel like the Police weren’t taking ‘no’ for an answer.

That is entrapment pure and simple.

So the Police, not content with being arseholes on the road and pissing off motorists nabbing people going 1km/h over the speed limit are now setting up racecourses to stop punters having a drink.

And their rationale?

A Wellington police spokeswoman said any failure of a controlled purchase operation was “disappointing” as alcohol laws were designed with public safety in mind.

The person used in the Trentham sting was “obviously underage” and had no identification. Given they were turned away earlier in the day, this must have been apparent to the venue’s staff, the spokeswoman said.

“Alcohol and young people can be a dangerous mix.”

How many young people choose a racecourse to go for an underage illicit drink? Not many, if any is the answer I bet.

Aren’t there real criminals to go catch?

Their minister needs to have a come to Jesus meeting with the Commissioner…how many other “stings” are running out there to “get” people?


– Fairfax


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