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£1,000 fine over under-age cigarette sale

Manchester – A shopkeeper has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after under-age children were able to buy cigarettes from his shop.

Mohammed Iltsham, the owner of Royal Wines on Moston Lane, was found guilty of selling tobacco to an under-age person after he failed to turn up for a hearing at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday March 18.

He was fined £600 and ordered to pay £381 costs with a £60 victims of crime surcharge.

Manchester City Council’s trading standards officers organised a test purchase after hearing complaints about teenagers being sold cigarettes from the shop.

Two 15-year-old volunteers walked into the shop during the operation last August and asked for a packet of 10 Mayfair cigarettes, before a member of staff at the shop sold them the cigarettes without asking for their ages.Mohammed Iltsham later revealed he had not given any proper training to his staff in how to spot whether customers were under-age.

Cllr Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “There is no excuse for selling cigarettes to someone who is under-age.

“Age limits are there to protect young people from the dangers of smoking and if shop attendants are going to ignore these laws then they will be prosecuted.”

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