Crackdown snares shopkeepers who sell powerful fireworks to youngsters

18 November 2012 in Community safety
A swoop on traders who illegally sell powerful rocket fireworks to youngsters has snared four Newham shopkeepers.
Trading Standards and enforcement officers allegedly foiled the quartet, who had shops in East Ham, Green Street, Silvertown and Plaistow. The shops are not being identified at this stage for legal reasons. The owners could each face fines
of up to £5,000 or six months in jail.

Officers used test purchasing to catch the shopkeepers, who sold fireworks to the 14 and 15 -year-olds.

The checks followed complaints from local residents who were concerned that young people had been seen buying age–restricted goods in the area.

Trading Standards officers have been visiting shop owners throughout the borough. Every shop owner in Newham has been issued with an advice pack which lays out the law around the sale of fireworks.

Cllr Unmesh Desai said: “We take a zero tolerance approach to retailers who flout the rules.

“We will take swift and severe action against anyone who is found selling age restricted goods to underage people. These laws are in place to protect young people from harm.”