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Trading Standards target under-age sales

Date: 22/06/2010           Category: Community Safety

Medway Council’s Trading Standards team are gearing up for a summer crackdown on shops selling alcohol to children. Traders are being urged to ensure they check identification of young people they suspect of being under-age. Failure to do could lead to court action and a fine for the person selling the alcohol of up to £5,000. Medway Council is working with Kent Police in Medway to monitor off-licences and shops where alcohol is sold and to take action where necessary. Medway Council will be using new powers to issue £80 penalty notices for disorder to shop assistants who fail to ask for proper identification or knowingly sell alcohol to children. Cllr Mike O’Brien, Medway Council’s portfolio holder for community safety and enforcement, said: “Alcohol is sadly all too often a major cause of anti-social behaviour which causes such misery for Medway residents “The majority of shops and off-licences take a responsible attitude and make sure anyone who looks under 18 has their identity checked. “Sadly there are a minority of shops and staff who either turn a blind eye to under age sales or do not carry out the necessary checks. “By doing this they are not only putting the health of our young people at risk but are contributing to unacceptable behaviour." To report shops suspected of under-age sales call the Shop that Shop line on 01634 334455 or email underage.sales@medway.gov.uk For more details contact: Lee Winter Media Officer Medway Community Safety Partnership 01634 338457/5476 07950 589310