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Child decoys trap trader

PUBLISHED: 16:43 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 10:46 12 August 2010

CHILDREN acting as decoys for the council were sold cigarettes and alcohol, resulting in a £1,000 fine for the shop owner.

CHILDREN acting as decoys for the council were sold cigarettes and alcohol, resulting in a £1,000 fine for the shop owner.

Rashik Trivedi, who owns two shops in Penge, was fined at Bromley Magistrates Court for selling beer, wine and tobacco to under-age customers.

The owner of Shuklas (Londis) Ltd, which operates News and Cards and Food and Wine in Newlands Park was spotted selling the items to children by Bromley Trading Standards in July last year.

Last Wednesday, the court heard that six months later, the licence for Food and Wine was suspended for two weeks after trading standards witnessed a similar sale in March resulting in a caution for Mr Trivedi.

The company was fined £400 for each tobacco sale and £600 for the alcohol sale and ordered to pay £200 costs.

Chairman of the Safer Bromley Partnership, Colin Bloom said: "Underage drinking not only contributes to levels of anti-social behaviour in the borough but it also carries serious health risks. We have no tolerance for retailers that fail to take all reasonable steps to avoid selling age-restricted products to under-age purchasers.

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