Trader accused of selling alcohol to under age young people pleads guilty

Trading Standards’ fight against under age alcohol sales continues with the prosecution of a licence holder who sold alcohol to someone under the legal age.

Mr Seevaratnam Thasan, the Premises Licence Holder of Dobbs Lane Stores pleaded guilty to selling alcohol to under age children under Section 146 of the Licensing Act 2003.

He was fined a total of £670 – a £335 fine plus £300 in prosecution costs and a £35 victim surcharge

Suffolk Trading Standards received intelligence of alcohol sales to minors from Dobbs Lane Store, located on Dobbs Lane, Kesgrave. In response to this Suffolk Trading Standards and Suffolk Police carried out an underage alcohol test purchase operation in December 2014 using volunteers under the age of 18.

Alcohol was sold to the volunteer by Mr. Regei Glarance Atputharajah; the seller was issued with a £90 Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND). This was the second recorded underage sale at the premises within a year.

Under age sales test purchase operations take place across Suffolk targeting a variety of premises such as supermarkets, off licences, pubs, bars, and clubs. The work plays an important part in reducing anti-social behaviour and reducing the associated health risks which underage drinking has on young people – In this particular case, it is a premise’s which historically both Trading Standards and the Police had received a significant amount of intelligence on.

Councillor Sarah Stamp, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for communities said:

“We are extremely determined to do all we can to eradicate alcohol related youth disorder and we will not tolerate retailers who sell alcohol illegally to children.”

Should people have intelligence regarding under age sales of alcohol or tobacco they can report these anonymously to Trading Standards by:

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