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23 July 2019

Carlisle convenience store prosecuted for selling alcohol to under-18’s - twice

A Carlisle off-licence owner has been found guilty of selling alcohol to under-age customers for a second time, following a joint operation between Cumbria Police and Cumbria Trading Standards. 

David Forrester, owner of the One Stop shop on Fusehill Street in Carlisle was fined £770 and ordered to pay costs of £2,335 after being found guilty in his absence of selling alcohol to children under the age of 18.

This followed a joint operation between Cumbria Police and Cumbria Trading Standards. On 20 April 2018 an undercover operation took place, and alcohol was sold to a 15 year old volunteer.

This was followed by another test purchase on 6 July 2018 where alcohol was sold to another 15 year old. On this occasion the under-age purchaser was challenged for identification to prove their age by the shop assistant, however this was over-ruled by Mr Forrester who was also present.

Cllr Celia Tibble, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Trading Standards, said:

“This case should act as a warning to others.  Our Trading Standards officers, in partnership with our Cumbria Police colleagues, carry out regular operations to ensure traders comply with age restricted sales legislation.”

“The prevention and detection work carried out by officers of sales of under-age products plays an important role in protecting the health of young people and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in the county.”

PC Mike Watson, from Cumbria Police’s Carlisle Local Focus Team, said:

“We work in partnership with licence holders and Cumbria Trading Standards to prevent the sale of alcohol to those underage. We do this to prevent any related antisocial behaviour and to protect the health of young people.

“Licence holders are well aware of the consequences of selling alcohol to children and we work with them to educate their staff on the importance of requesting identification.

“I hope that this case sends a clear message to all licence holders and that they do any work necessary to remind their staff of the importance to challenge.”

Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council’s Director of Public Health, said:

“I am pleased to see the issue of underage drinking being tackled by targeting premises that sell alcohol to under 18’s.  Parents, carers and young people should be aware that drinking, even at the age of 15 or older, can have an impact on their health and that not drinking is the healthiest option.

“Licensees should be certain that they are legally selling alcohol to people old enough to drink it, and that they should request identification if there is any doubt whatsoever.”

Anyone wishing to report sales of age-restricted products to under-age customers, can contact Cumbria Trading Standards via 03454 04 05 06.


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A Carlisle off-licence owner has been found guilty of selling alcohol to under-age customers for a second time, following a joint operation between Cumbria Police and Cumbria Trading Standards.