Wimbledon Store Sells Lager To Fourteen-Year-Old

Owner had previously received caution

A South Wimbledon shop has been found guilty of selling alcohol to an under-age boy.

During a routine test purchase operation carried out by Merton Trading Standards, a 14-year-old volunteer was able to purchase a can of lager with no questions asked, despite the required legal age being 18.

Owner Mr Nideshkumar Amin, was fined £1,500 plus £1,200 costs and a victim surcharge of £15. The member of staff who made the sale, Mr Mobeen Arshad was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £200. Both were given 28 days to pay.

Mr Amin had previously received a caution in 2010 for the sale of tobacco products, as well as a licence review from Bromley Trading Standards for another under-age sale at a convenience store in Bromley.

Since the sale, Mr Amin has sold the business and the shop is now under new management.

Merton's cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge said: "We are determined to tackle the problem of underage sale of alcohol and this sentence sends out a strong message of our intent. We want to protect the health of our young people and stop anti social behaviour.

"Any business that sells alcohol must do so responsibly and legally otherwise they risk prosecution and the loss of their licence."

January 28, 2013