A shop owner has been fined after his store, the Quality
Supermarket on North Street Rugby, sold alcohol to a child.
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service prosecuted after carrying out an
intelligence led, undercover alcohol test purchasing
operation with the help of child volunteers.
Trading Standards Officers, working with Warwickshire
Police used information from local communities to target
businesses suspected of selling alcohol to children.
At the Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington on August 29 Gurmeet Singh Arora, 29, of Green Lane Road
Leicester and trading as Quality Supermarket (UK) Ltd 16-17
North Street Rugby Warwickshire CV21 2AF, pleaded guilty to
a Licencing Act 2003 offence and was fined £350, ordered to
pay costs of £704.89 and a victim surcharge of £35.00.
Janet Faulkner, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards
said: “Trading Standards works closely with the Police and local
communities to crack-down on the sale of alcohol to
“Businesses that do not take their responsibilities
seriously and continue to sell alcohol to those under age,
not only risk a criminal conviction and a fine, but could
lose their license to sell alcohol.
“Under aged drinking is both a cause of anti-social
behaviour in our communities and can have a damaging impact
on the health of young people.”
In court, Arora, who was not represented, stated that
he had appointed an employee to take over his duties at the
Rugby store and he was awaiting a licence. Further, he
confirmed to Magistrates that he is now aware of all of his
responsibilities relating to age restricted products.
The court noted that an early guilty plea had been entered
but they were mindful of this being a second offence. Mr
Arora had previously been convicted by Leicestershire
Trading Standards for the same offence.
Consumers can report the illegal sale of alcohol to
children, to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice
Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.