Retailers and underage sales 

19/01/11

Retailers have been caught supplying underage young people with over 18s DVDs and video games.

In an undercover council operation a volunteer aged 15 entered five shops in Bolton and attempted to purchase video games and DVDs. Three shops served the teenager with computer games which are clearly labelled as only for over 18s.

Retailers can be fined up to £5000 for supplying these DVDs and video games to underage young people. In this case, the shops received an initial warning and were reminded to make sure they have systems in place such as training of staff, asking for ID and refusal registers to ensure only those who have reached the required age can buy these films and games.

Residents are asked to report anyone selling age-restricted products to underage purchasers to the council’s trading standards.

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