A Lichfield store has been fined after twice selling alcohol to an under-age shopper. The Local in Wheel Lane sold drink to a 15-year-old volunteer working with Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team in September 2010. Following this incident, the team offered advice to the shop and issued a warning about the consequences should the offence be repeated. Despite these warnings a more alcohol was sold to the same volunteer in March this year, which led to the hearing at Burton Magistrates Court. The solicitor for the company lodged a guilty plea on the store’s behalf and the court awarded a fine of £1,000 plus costs and victim surcharge of £15, a total of £2,041.25. The decision was welcomed by Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Culture, Communities and Customers Pat Corfield. He said:
“It’s a really serious issue to sell alcohol to young people and we are determined to drive home that message. The county council is dedicated to protecting vulnerable young people, and ensuring the business community is on board with this is vital. “Trading Standards is here to support good business practise, which is good for the economy.”

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

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