Ipswich: Shop worker fined for selling alcohol to youths

IPSWICH: A shop worker is today counting the cost of selling alcohol to youngsters after he was caught doing so for the third time at an east Ipswich store.

A Suffolk County Council Trading Standards sting has led to Pick ‘n’ Pay, of Queen’s Way, Ipswich, and its employee, Aspi Shah, being fined a total of �1,200.

They were also ordered to pay combined costs of �600 by Ipswich magistrates.

Trading Standards officers first conducted a test purchase at the store on December 18, 2008, when 58-year-old Shah twice sold booze to under-age customers. On that occasion, he received an �80 fixed penalty notice.

The shop was visited again by officers in August last year when further advice was given relating to age-restricted sales.

This year, Trading Standards officers received reports that the store was continuing to sell alcohol to people under the age of 18, despite having already been issued with a fixed penalty notice, advice and training pack. A further test purchase was made at the store in July when Shah, of West Wembley, again sold alcohol to a child – this time a 15-year-old volunteer.

Of the six test purchase attempts made during the evening at other Ipswich premises, Pick ‘n’ Pay was the only store that sold.

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South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court fined Pick ’n’ Pay �1,000 and ordered it to pay �500 costs.

Shah was fined �200 and told to pay �100 costs.

n If you have information of a trader selling alcohol to youngsters, contact Suffolk Trading Standards department anonymously on 01473 264859.

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