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Published on March 1st, 2011 | by Dean Carr


Shops suffer consequences selling booze to children

Shop insurance holders must ensure to take great care when trading as small mistakes can prove extremely costly in many ways.

If a shop sells alcohol and tobacco products it is vital that they proceed with extreme caution when selling to particular age groups.

There are legal age requirements regarding alcohol and tobacco commodities and local councils across the UK are striving to ensure that this ruling is being adhered to in all shops.

If shops are found to be selling alcohol or tobacco to children the consequences can be severe. Local Governments and trading standard agencies are working with the Police carrying out ‘test purchase operations’. These operations involve people under the age of 18 attempting to buy alcohol. It can often result in fines being issued to the business, the owner and the individual that sold it, and even closure and/or revoking of alcohol licence.

A Licensing Officer named PC Jason Pearce said:

“We can’t tolerate rogue premises that put profit before selling alcohol to children.”

Recently, a shop had been caught selling alcohol to persons under the age of 18 years for the second time. Not only was he given an £80 on-the-spot fine, his licence to sell alcohol was revoked for 28 days and he will be monitored closely and inspected frequently. Mr Pearce said:

“For a premises to fail once shows significant failings. When a premises sells to underage people twice in short succession it does bring in to question that perhaps the premises is showing no regard for the law.”

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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