Shops in Kendal and UIverston praised for not selling alcohol to young teens

SHOPS in Kendal and Ulverston have been praised for refusing to sell alcohol to young teenagers.

Cumbria County Council’s Trading Standards team joined forces with Cumbria Police this week to stamp out under age sales in South Cumbria.

est purchasing operations were carried out where two 15-year-old volunteers visited nine retailers in Ulverston and five in Kendal in an attempt to purchase alcohol.

All of the retailers tested successfully challenged the teenagers and all sales were refused.

The exercise included a number of “proxy” alcohol attempts. This is where a child asked a person over the age of 18 to purchase alcohol on their behalf. On each occasion the sale was refused.

Angela Jones, Cumbria Trading Standards Manager, said: “I am very pleased that all the retailers tested refused both direct sales of alcohol and proxy sales.

"Current research indicates that proxy supply of alcohol to children by adults still substantially contributes to the access young persons have to alcohol. I would urge any adult who is asked to buy alcohol for individuals under the age of 18 to think carefully about their actions - it is an offence for which they can be prosecuted.”

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Anyone with information regarding the possible illegal sales of alcohol, tobacco, knives, butane gas or other age restricted products can contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or Cumbria police on 101.

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1:19pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Kendmoor says...

Curious as to how the "Proxy" tests are run..
I mean, is it a child that goes in with an adult and asks plainly in front of the shop keeper "Dad, can I have a bottle of blue nun?"
I mean, after all, that is the way all purchases for under 18's go down!
Curious as to how the "Proxy" tests are run.. I mean, is it a child that goes in with an adult and asks plainly in front of the shop keeper "Dad, can I have a bottle of blue nun?" I mean, after all, that is the way all purchases for under 18's go down! Kendmoor

7:59pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Cas220 says...

Firstly, they shouldn't be praised, it should be the norm.

Secondly, it seems immoral for trading standards to be sending underage 'volunteers' in to purchase alcohol in first place!
Firstly, they shouldn't be praised, it should be the norm. Secondly, it seems immoral for trading standards to be sending underage 'volunteers' in to purchase alcohol in first place! Cas220

8:12pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Kendmoor says...

^ honestly I felt like saying that too (about the praise)
^ honestly I felt like saying that too (about the praise) Kendmoor

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