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Shopkeeper fined for underage alcopop sale

A shopkeeper has been ordered to pay over £1900 for allowing an underage child to buy alcohol from his shop.


Waltham Forest Council Trading Standards carried out a test purchase at Akdeniz Supermarket in Walthamstow on 15 June 2014, where an underage volunteer was able to buy a bottle of WKD Original Blue.


During the trial it was established that Mr Aydin Aktas, the store’s Designated Premises Supervisor at the time, had not given adequate training to the member of staff that made the sale, who had been left unsupervised.


In summing up, Magistrates stated that Mr Aktas had not taken all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence to avoid committing an offence. By not providing sufficient training to the member of staff who made the sale, he had flouted his duty to protect children from harm, which is one of the objectives of his premises licence.


Trading Standards had previously conducted a test purchase at the store in November 2013, and on this occasion a different member of staff, again untrained, made an underage sale. For this offence Mr Aktas had accepted a simple caution. Magistrates also took this incident into account when summing up.


Mr Aktas was prosecuted on Wednesday 24 June 2015, and ordered to pay a fine of £150, costs of £1769.49 and a £20 victim surcharge.


“Retailers and their employees have a responsibility to protect the welfare of young people by preventing underage sales of alcohol”, said Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment. “On this occasion the shopkeeper patently failed in his duty, and given this is not his first offence there was simply no excuse for him to allow it to happen again.”


In order to keep within the law, traders must have an age verification policy and effective systems to prevent sales to persons under the minimum legal age. Trading Standards carry out a programme of advisory visits and test purchases to ensure traders have effective procedures in place.


Residents can contact Trading Standards by phoning 020 8496 3000 or emailing trading.standards@walthamforest.gov.uk.




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