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Local Trader Found Guilty of Selling Fireworks and Alcohol to Children

A Bedford shop keeper has been issued with a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 costs by Bedford Magistrates after pleading guilty to selling Fireworks to children. Mr Sucha Ram, co-owner of The Chocolate Box on Elstow Road in Bedford sold the fireworks to Trading Standards Volunteers in late October 2009. The court heard how Mr Ram had also sold alcohol to other Trading Standards Volunteers on two previous occasions in the preceding six months and that he had been issued with an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice by Bedfordshire Police, working in partnership with Trading Standards Officers, on the second occasion.

The conditional discharge effectively means that should Mr Ram sell any other age restricted products, such as fireworks,alcohol, Knives or cigarettes to children within the next 24 months then the court may sentence Mr Ram for the further offence and the one for which he just pleaded guilty too. Furthermore Trading Standards have the discretion to use such offences as evidence to support or request a review of the premises licence for The Chocolate Box, whereby they could ask for conditions to be attached, suspension for a period of up to three months or ultimately revocation of the licence, therefore preventing the business from selling alcohol.

Cllr Nick Charsley commented: “Selling fireworks and alcohol to children is extremely dangerous and irresponsible. Through our Trading Standards officers and the help of volunteers, we will deter traders from selling to underage people and make them more vigilant when selling age restricted products.” 

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