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Sandy shop caught selling alcohol to minors

Thursday, 12 December 2019

We've successfully prosecuted a Sandy shop owner and his employee, who breached licensing laws by selling alcohol to under-18s.

Our trading standards team received information from a member of the public, suggesting that Sandy Supermarket in Engayne Avenue had been selling alcohol to children and young people aged under 18.

Following this tip-off, the team arranged a test purchase exercise using under-age volunteers. During the exercise, the volunteers (aged 12 and 13) were both sold alcohol products, and neither were asked for any form of identification.

Mr Satinder Pal Singh, licensee of Sandy Supermarket, appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 3 December and pleaded guilty to charges relating to selling alcohol to persons under 18 years.

Singh was fined a total of £153 and ordered to pay a contribution towards costs of £280 along with a victim surcharge of £30, a total cost to him of £463.

Ms Harpreet Kaur, who sold the alcohol during the test purchase admitted by post that she knowingly sold alcohol to persons under 18 years. She was fined of £153 and ordered to pay a contribution towards costs of £280 and a victim surcharge of £30, a total cost to her of £463.

Susan Childerhouse, our Assistant Director for Public Protection and Transport said:

There are very strict laws regarding the sale of alcohol, and I want people to feel reassured that we are policing these very carefully.

While many of our retailers are very responsible and operate Challenge 25 schemes, a few are still prepared to sell alcoholic drinks to minors. This can lead to anti-social behaviour and can damage the health of young people.

It is important that those who sell alcohol, or any age restricted product remain vigilant at all times. We will continue to carry out exercises of this nature as part of our comprehensive approach to age restricted sales enforcement.