Trader Gets Rocket for Underage Sale
On the 5th October 2018, Mr Valiollah Hassanzadeh who ran the Mars A Day shop, 274 Lumb Lane, Bradford, BD8 7SF appeared at Bradford Magistrates Court to answer charges relating to the underage sale of fireworks to a minor and possession for sale of imported cigarettes which did not have the required health warnings.
Mr Hassanzadeh pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a community order requiring him to do 110 hours of unpaid work, with an order that the tobacco products and fireworks were forfeited and destroyed. He was also ordered to pay total costs of £1,235.00 which included a victim surcharge of £85.00.
The Prosecution came about because on 25th October 2017, Mars A Day was visited by an officer from West Yorkshire Trading Standards as part of an underage test purchase operation. A 14 year old volunteer was offered and purchased fireworks which were being sold individually for £1 each. On 2 subsequent visits in November 2017 illegal cigarettes were also recovered from behind the counter.
David Lodge Head West Yorkshire Trading Standards said; “The sale of fireworks to minors causes disorder and a threat to public safety. As the time of year approaches when fireworks will again be going on sale to the public I would like to use this case to highlight to traders their responsibility to check the age of their customers. West Yorkshire Trading Standards will be out again this year ensuring that fireworks are not sold to children.”
Councillor Jo Hepworth, Chair of the West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee which oversees the work of Trading Standards said “Fireworks can be a fun family activity when used responsibly however they can be extremely dangerous if falling into the wrong hands, including those of minors. Research has shown that illicit cigarettes are also easily available to children and young people due to their low price so it is crucial that we get to grips with this problem. I am reassured the Service will continue to take legal action against those that act irresponsibly and sell fireworks or tobacco to people underage.”
Consumers wishing to report the supply of tobacco, alcohol and fireworks to children should call the Citizens advice consumer 03454 040506.
Anyone with information regarding the sale of illegal tobacco can pass information confidentially at www.keepitout.co.uk or ring the Illegal Tobacco Hotline on 0300 999 0000.
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