Spalding shop handed on-the-spot fine for under-age booze sale

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A shop in Spalding has been handed an on-the-spot fine for selling alcohol to two teenagers as part of a police crackdown on under-age booze sales.

The shop in Winsover Road was fined on Saturday after Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Trading Standards carried a “test purchase” operation targeting stores in Spalding and Boston to purge the sale of alcohol and tobacco to youngsters under the age of 18.

In total, three shops in Spalding and a newsagents in Deeping St James had on-the-spot visits from police, trading standards officers and two 16- year-old volunteers.

Staff at three of the shops, Premier in Little London, Spalding, Londis in Holbeach Road, Spalding and Marvel News of Crowson Way, Deeping St James,

all asked for the volunteers’ ages and proof of identity, in each case refusing to sell alcohol when no ID was produced.

As well being fined, the shop in Winsover Road will also be tested again within the next three months and the licene holder has been asked to attend a meeting with police and district council officials to discuss the No ID, No Sale operation.

If they try to sell alcohol to under-age volunteers again, the shop faces having its alcohol licence reviewed and the risk of being prosecuted for persistent selling to under-age customers.