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Underage alcohol sale costs shopkeeper £1,200

A shopkeeper was ordered to pay over £1,200 by Magistrates after Waltham Forest Council’s Trading Standard’s service evidenced that an underage child had purchased alcohol from his shop.

On 19 October last year the Council mounted an exercise to deter the sale of alcohol to children. The Council’s Trading Standard’s team regularly carry out test purchases to ensure vendors in the borough are complying with the law and to prevent anti-social behaviour caused by underage drinking.

Trading Standards Enforcement Officers, together with Police, went to a number of alcohol retail premises in the borough, assisted by children who were at least two years under the legal age for purchasing alcohol.

One of the under 18 year olds went into Eko at 162 High Road, Leyton E15 and purchased a bottle of ‘WKD Original Blue’ alcohol. The minor in question was actually just 15 years old and accordingly a prosecution was launched against the shopkeeper.

Mr Sinan Aydemir, 40, appeared at Thames Magistrates on the 25 April and pleaded guilty to the offence. He was fined £470 and ordered to pay costs of £700 and a victim surcharge of £47.

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