Shops warned not to sell booze to under 18s


Shops in Ilkeston are being reminded that they could face a hefty fine if they sell to anyone under the age of 18.

With the summer holidays underway Erewash Borough Council’s licensing team wants to remind people that it is a criminal offence to sell alcohol to under 18s. It is also illegal for adults to buy alcohol for an underage drinker.

If a sale is made to a person under 18, the person buying the alcohol, the cashier selling it, the designated premises supervisor and the owner of the business have all committed an offence.

Those responsible face fines of up to £5,000. Any premises making further sales after action may lose the licence and the licence holder faces a fine of up to £20,000. Anyone caught attempting to buy alcohol on behalf of under-18s faces an £80 on-the-spot fine or could end up in court and be fined up to £5,000.

Councillor Barbara Harrison, the council’s lead member for environment, said: “We have won praise for our support for retailers who sell alcohol thanks to the quality training we help provide. We continue to work with the licensed trade and applaud the positive and professional attitudes of those who are committed to cracking down on the problem of under-age drinkers.

“A hot summer, however, raises the risks and is always a challenging time so it is right that we remind licence holders and staff to be on their guard.”