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Sutton Bridge shop caught in underage alcohol and tobacco sales operation




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

The incident happened during an operation across southern Lincolnshire on Tuesday in which 14 test purchases were made.

Officers enlisted the help of two 15-year-old volunteers to try to buy age-restricted items. Two illegal sales were made, of which one was in Sutton Bridge.

The items sold to 15-year-old volunteers. Picture courtesy of Lincolnshire Trading Standards. (50589244)
The items sold to 15-year-old volunteers. Picture courtesy of Lincolnshire Trading Standards. (50589244)

And officials say 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.

“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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