Bromley trader fined for fireworks sale

Published Friday, 1 June 2018

A Bromley business has been heavily fined for selling fireworks to children aged 15.

As part of a test purchase operation in the weeks prior to November 5 ‘firework season’, the council’s Trading Standards team sent two under age volunteers into Budgens, 209-211 Southborough Lane Bickley BR2 8AR to buy fireworks.

The volunteers were sold a large firework called “Neptune Star” on 26 October 2017 without being asked for identification to prove they were 18. Mr Surendra Patel, a director of Warmstore Limited, the company operating the Budgens store, pleaded guilty and was fined by Bromley Magistrate’s a total of £2,375, including £100 victim surcharge and £1,000 costs.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said, “Safeguarding children from dangerous products is a key priority for the council and it is important we take this action when shops sell fireworks to under age children – it is not acceptable and it is dangerous. Trading Standards do a lot of work with businesses to help them comply with the law in order that these sales don’t happen.”

Councillor Lymer added, “Remember remember are words that are associated with November 5, but clearly this business did not remember what the law says on this occasion.  I would strongly remind all businesses of the need to comply with the law when selling any age restricted product, be it alcohol or knives.  It is not just about the law, if this is ever the case, it is about keeping us all safe, including the young people trying to purchase something they are entitled to do.”

Residents are being encouraged to report retailers where age restricted products are suspected of being sold so that follow up investigation work can take place.  Reports can made by calling the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

It is an offence under the Pyrotechnic articles (safety) regulations 2010 to sell fireworks to persons under the age of 18.


Editor’s notes: The case was heard at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 23 May 2018

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