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Sutton Bridge shop caught selling alcohol to teenagers




A shop in Sutton Bridge was caught selling alcohol and tobacco to 15-year-olds in a police and trading standards operation.

Last Tuesday, 14 test purchases were made at shops in Holbeach, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and Boston in which officers enlisted the help of two 15-year-old volunteers to try to buy age-restricted items.

Two illegal sales were made, one in Holbeach and one in Sutton Bridge.

The items sold to 15-year-old volunteers. Picture courtesy of Lincolnshire Trading Standards
The items sold to 15-year-old volunteers. Picture courtesy of Lincolnshire Trading Standards

One store even asked for ID before still going ahead with the sale - even when the volunteer did not have any.

The stores cannot be named at the moment as legal proceedings are now ongoing.

One illegal worker has also been arrested.

Daniel Brown from Lincolnshire Trading Standards said: “Test purchases like these not only remind shopkeepers of the strict laws around underage sales, but also of what’s expected of them as responsible business owners to help keep their communities safe.

“As we’ve seen, it’s a small minority of shops that are putting young people at risk by allowing these sales, and both trading standards and Lincolnshire Police take these offences very seriously. If you have any information about the underage sale of cigarettes or alcohol, please let us know.”

You can call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 2231133 or by visiting citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer



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