On Tuesday 10th May Warwickshire Trading Standards Officers visited four stores in the Leamington Spa area to carry out some undercover under-age sales test purchases of alcohol and cigarettes.
Working to Home office guidelines, the premises were chosen based upon previous intelligence. Two child volunteers under the age of 16 attempted to buy alcohol from three stores and cigarettes from one store. This led to one sale of alcohol and one sale of cigarettes to the children.
Further investigations are now being made. It is illegal to sell alcohol or cigarettes to someone aged under 18. Trading Standards support Challenge 25 and carry out this work to protect the health of young people and reduce anti-social behaviour.