Dunstable Shopkeeper Sold To Under 18s.

A shopkeeper appeared in court after his business was caught selling alcohol to under-18s. He pleaded guilty and was fined a total of £611 at Luton Magistrates’ Court on 16th January 2018.

The shop, A5 Food and Wine Ltd in Brittany Court, High Street South, Dunstable was caught selling alcohol to under-18s during two test-purchasing operations in June and July of last year. The visits were carried out by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Trading Standards team.

The offender, who claimed limited means, was fined £181, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £400 in costs – a total of £611.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The law states that shops are not allowed to sell alcohol to under-18s. This is non-negotiable and designed to protect our children from harm.

“You shouldn’t serve someone alcohol just because they look old enough to buy it. If in doubt, check their age using a recognised form of identification like a proof-of-age PASS card, passport or driving licence. If you don’t then you run the risk of a criminal conviction and a fine of up to £20,000.

“I would like to thank the teenagers who took part in our test-purchasing operations too. We carry these out regularly to make sure that businesses are obeying the law – and I am very pleased to say that the majority do.”

To report trading incidents that you feel are unsafe, contact Trading Standards.

For more information about the law on buying alcohol, proving your age and the Challenge 25 scheme, visit Drink Aware