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Shopkeeper fined for selling tobacco to 15-year-old girl

A shopkeeper has been hit with court costs and fines totalling £995 after being caught selling cigarettes red-handed in a Lambeth council trading standards sting.

Amratlal Shah  pleaded guilty to selling tobacco to a 15-year-old council “test purchaser” at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on May 22.

Councillor Jack Hopkins, Lambeth’s cabinet member for public protection, said: “We will always take swift and decisive action against shops that sell alcohol or tobacco to children.

“Making sure young people are safe will always be our top priority and while we support businesses that play by the rules, we will come down like a tonne of bricks on those that don’t.”

The 15-year-old girl bought a pack of 10 cigarettes from Mr Shah’s shop, Jaina News in Streatham High Road, without being challenged to provide identification.

In court, Mr Shah claimed that the girl looked old enough to legally buy the tobacco despite having a previous conviction for a similar offence in July last year.

Mr Shah has to pay his fines and costs within three months.

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