Dagenham shop sold alcohol to children

A shop will not be able to sell alcohol for 21 days after two young boys managed to buy an alcopop from the store.

Green Lane Food and Wine, Dagenham, which was brought before the council’s licensing and regulatory board last Tuesday, sold a bottle of WKD Blue to the pair, aged 15 and 16.

The teenagers were taking part in a test purchase operation, run by the police and the council’s trading standards team on June 29.

The shop assistant admitted the sale to officers but insisted he had asked for identification. He was issued with a fixed penalty of �80 at Barking police station.

On the same day the team found 17 discoloured white wines with labelling that did not show a country of origin and was not written in English. They also discovered 65 packs of tobacco wraps without the English safety warnings required. Alongside the suspension, a number of conditions were imposed, including more staff training and ensuring all alcohol is bought from a reputable wholesaler.