Shop assistants fined after selling alcohol to a child

Two Bexhill shops have been fined after selling alcohol to a child. SUS-150519-091359001
Two Bexhill shops have been fined after selling alcohol to a child. SUS-150519-091359001

Two Bexhill shops have been caught selling alcohol to a child during a police sting operation.

In a test purchase operation on Thursday May 14, carried out by the local alcohol harm reduction unit and licensing team, two shops sold alcohol to a young volunteer working for the police.

The offences occurred at Candy Corner, Ninfield Road, Sidley, and Happy Shopper, Little Common Road, Little Common.

In both instances the shop assistants were issued with £90 fixed penalty notices.

Sussex Police say the managers of both shops will be invited to formal meetings to ensure there are no further contraventions of licensing laws.

Jean Irving, Sussex Police’s head of licensing, said any premises found to be selling alcohol to minors is putting its license at risk.

She said: “Giving alcohol to children puts them in danger - it’s as simple as that.

“Any premises caught selling alcohol to those under 18 risks its licence.

“We will not hesitate to consider applying for a review of the licence to ask for removal of management or even asking for the licence to be revoked.”

Anyone with information about children being illegally supplied with alcohol is asked to contact the Sussex Police licensing team by emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or calling 101.

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