Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service

Retailers refuse to sell alcohol to underage children

On the final evening of National Consumer Week (Friday 14th Nov), West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service embarked on an evening of alcohol test purchasing.

Following up complaints that had been received from members of the general public, Trading Standards Officers, along with an underage test purchaser visited retailers in the Kirklees district to see if these retailers were prepared to sell alcohol to a child.

Children drinking alcohol is a very important social issue, alongside the obvious health issues, alcohol abuse can lead to violence, vandalism and other anti-social behaviour. Children should be protected and retailers who are licensed to sell alcohol are well aware of legislation that prevents sale of the products to minors.

Not one of the retailers visited sold alcohol to the test purchaser.

Councillor Graham Clarke, Chairman of West Yorkshire Joint Services said “I am delighted to able to report these results, it reassures residents that there are responsible retailers out there. I would urge all retailers to adopt the policy of “no proof of age then no sale”, this not only protects the children but also prevents the retailers committing an offence.”

Martin Wood, Chief Officer, West Yorkshire Trading Standards Services added ”Any breach of the legislation will be treated very seriously. This Service will continue to investigate any complaints where there is an allegation of age-restricted products being sold to children. The Service relies on the public being vigilant and reporting to us details of any retailer who is supplying cigarettes, alcohol or fireworks to children. Anyone wishing to report an incident of underage sales, please contact the Consumer Helpline on 0113 3 848 848.”

For further information please contact

Carol Hallett, General media contact 0113 383 6407
Angela France, Education & Promotion Officer 0113 289 8284
Kevin Robson, Trading Standards Officer 0113 289 8241