Shops Targeted in Under-age Booze Crackdown

PUBLISHED: 09:43 22 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 26 October 2009

Shopkeepers have been caught selling alcohol to underage boozers

Shopkeepers have been caught selling alcohol to underage boozers

NINE shopkeepers have been caught selling alcohol or cigarettes to underage children. Volunteers aged 15 and 16 visited 48 shops across Hertfordshire which were targeted following complaints or intelligence pointing to underage sales taking place.

NINE shopkeepers have been caught selling alcohol or cigarettes to underage children.

Volunteers aged 15 and 16 visited 48 shops across Hertfordshire which were targeted following complaints or intelligence pointing to underage sales taking place.

In Welwyn Hatfield five premises were targeted three for alcohol and two for cigarettes.

Youngsters managed to buy cigarettes in one shop and alcohol in another.

Details of which shops were caught out have not yet been released.

County councillor Richard Smith, executive member for community safety, said: "We were pleased to discover that the majority of shops were abiding by the law, but unfortunately there were some that decided to ignore it.

"Underage sales of alcohol or cigarettes is not something that we are prepared to tolerate."

Hertfordshire Trading Standards is investigating the circumstances of each of the offences and will consider imposing fixed penalty fines of £80 or prosecution where appropriate.

Members of the public can report shops which are selling alcohol or cigarettes to underage customers to Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

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