A UK sting operation against alcohol abuse has seen 51% of bars and pubs caught serving under age drinkers.

An eight week drive saw police employ the help of 13- to 14-year-old volunteers who tried to get served in 650 establishments.

Around 51% of pubs and bars failed the test and 29% of shops.

However, overall some 10,000 pubs were visited during a wider campaign and fewer than 5% were found to have committed some form of offence.

The campaign - which targeted 92 communities - also saw alcohol confiscated from more than 4,000 adults and youths.

The police also handed out 1,869 fixed penalty notices for drink related disorder to individuals. Some 794 were for causing harassment, 786 for being drunk and disorderly and 289 for other alcohol-related offences.