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Underage sale shopkeeper now a grand lighter

A Chingford shopkeeper has been ordered to pay over £1100 after being caught selling alcohol to a 15-year-old.


Waltham Forest Council Trading Standards visited Cellar Wine (34 Kings Parade, E4) on 19 September 2014, as part of an alcohol test-purchase operation involving a number of local premises. On this occasion a 15-year-old child was allowed to buy a bottle of WKD Original Blue.


The owner of the business, Mr Inan Aygun, was subsequently interviewed and prosecuted by Trading Standards for the sale of alcohol to a person under the age of 18.


A hearing took place at Thames Magistrates Court on 28 August 2015, where Mr Aygun sent in a written guilty plea. He was fined £300, and ordered to pay costs of £779 and a £30 victim surcharge.


“We take a zero tolerance approach to underage alcohol sales in Waltham Forest, and anyone caught doing it can expect to be prosecuted,” said Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment. “Traders should be well aware of their responsibility to protect the welfare of young people, and we’ll continue to carry out test purchases to ensure they have the necessary procedures in place.”


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.


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


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