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Seven West Sussex shops fail in under-age sales test

Seven shops have been caught out selling cigarettes, alcohol and fireworks to children.

More than a third of shops visited by volunteers aged 15 and 16 were found to be prepared to sell the products to under-age customers.

The investigation by West Sussex Trading Standards and Sussex Police found four shops in Worthing and three in Bognor operating illegally.

Trading standards officers said in some cases no questions at all were asked of the volunteers let alone requesting proof of age.

It is illegal to sell these products to those under 18 and Trading Standards supports the Think 25 policy encouraging traders to ask for ID from anyone who looks under that age.

Christine Field, West Sussex County Council cabinet member for public protection, said: “What is an especially worrying development is the sale of fireworks to our volunteers.

“In the past this has proved very rare. However, in this exercise two shops sold both fireworks and cigarettes to the volunteer in the same purchase.”

Anyone suspecting a shop of serving under-age customers can report them anonymously on 0845 404 0506 or via www.westsussex.gov.uk by typing “incident reporting form” into the search bar.

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12:10pm Tue 4 Dec 12

olebut says...

I have always wondered about the legality of these 'tests' is it not entrapment and those sending the youngsters in are not above the law, so they are surely guilty of enticing a minor to break the law as well as entrapment.
I have always wondered about the legality of these 'tests' is it not entrapment and those sending the youngsters in are not above the law, so they are surely guilty of enticing a minor to break the law as well as entrapment. olebut
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12:22pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Crystal Ball says...

olebut wrote:
I have always wondered about the legality of these 'tests' is it not entrapment and those sending the youngsters in are not above the law, so they are surely guilty of enticing a minor to break the law as well as entrapment.
I don't think it's specifically about entrapment but more to do with ensuring shops recognise potential under-age purchasers i.e. having procedures in place to prevent it.

That said, it works the other way when shop staff ask clearly legally aged people to produce id for alcohol, cigarettes and (even) paracetamol!
[quote][p][bold]olebut[/bold] wrote: I have always wondered about the legality of these 'tests' is it not entrapment and those sending the youngsters in are not above the law, so they are surely guilty of enticing a minor to break the law as well as entrapment.[/p][/quote]I don't think it's specifically about entrapment but more to do with ensuring shops recognise potential under-age purchasers i.e. having procedures in place to prevent it. That said, it works the other way when shop staff ask clearly legally aged people to produce id for alcohol, cigarettes and (even) paracetamol! Crystal Ball
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1:34pm Tue 4 Dec 12

John Steed says...

name and shame, I already know about the one round the corner from me. if they realy want to have fun send them in with a mobile phone and find out how many will buy it with out any checks what so ever, recently a local shop to me purchased a brand new i-phone 5 for £50.00 luckily the thief was relieved of the cash in minutes by the loser and the phone recovered after a bit of a todo. but then I am not surprised anymore, a recent example was the purchase of a guitar (stolen) by a person who I would have thought would be more familiar with a sitar
name and shame, I already know about the one round the corner from me. if they realy want to have fun send them in with a mobile phone and find out how many will buy it with out any checks what so ever, recently a local shop to me purchased a brand new i-phone 5 for £50.00 luckily the thief was relieved of the cash in minutes by the loser and the phone recovered after a bit of a todo. but then I am not surprised anymore, a recent example was the purchase of a guitar (stolen) by a person who I would have thought would be more familiar with a sitar John Steed
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1:53pm Tue 4 Dec 12

John Steed says...

humpf I think i have got some malware infection as my post shows the word m0b1le as underlined and is a hyperlink also another word that sounds like cheques apologies not deliberate
humpf I think i have got some malware infection as my post shows the word m0b1le as underlined and is a hyperlink also another word that sounds like cheques apologies not deliberate John Steed
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