Court date for trader who sold booze to 15-year-old prompts fresh warning from Herts watchdogs

Traders have been warned to play by the rules after one ended up in court

Traders have been warned to play by the rules after one ended up in court - Credit: Archant

Traders who sell alcohol have been reminded about their responsibilities after a shopkeeper ended up in court.

The man was caught out when a 15-year-old volunteer made a test purchase of two cans of lager without being challenged about his age.

He was fined more than £1,100 after the court heard that people had complained about the shop, in Cheshunt, which had already been given a warning.

Councillor Richard Thake, Herts County Council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “It is important that we prevent alcohol getting in the hands of children and we will pursue businesses which break the law and serve them.

“Businesses need to ensure that robust procedures are in place and that their staff are properly trained and confident to refuse sales when children are attempting to buy alcohol. A conviction can affect their licence to sell alcohol.”

Help and advice is available to businesses on 01707 281401.

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