Rugby shop owner fined for selling alcohol to a child

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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

children.

“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.