A MOTHER and daughter have been fined more than £1,200 between them after cigarettes were sold to an underage girl.
Pamela Mann, who owns Pam’s Store, in Wharton Terrace, Hartlepool, and her daughter Lisa Anderson were prosecuted after selling a packet of 20 Lambert and Butler cigarettes to a 15-year-old Trading Standards volunteer.
Trading Standards chiefs at Hartlepool Borough Council say the shop had no training procedures in place, and no policies to prevent underage sales taking place.
The teenager had been served by Anderson without her asking for identification or proof of age.
The case was heard in Anderson’s and Mann’s absence after they failed to appear at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court for the first and second hearing.
Anderson, 35, of St David’s Walk, Hartlepool, and Mann, 52, of the town’s Wharton Terrace, were each fined £350 and ordered to pay £243 costs and a £15 victim surcharge when the case was heard earlier this week.
The prosecution has been welcomed by the town’s Trading Standards chiefs.
Hartlepool Trading Standards service is continuing to crack down on the sale of cigarettes to underage young people, resulting in the prosecution of traders and store assistants who flaunt the legislation that is in place to protect children from the harmful effects of tobacco.
Rachael Byron, the service’s technical officer for tobacco control, said: “The sale of cigarettes to children is an issue that we take very seriously.
“This particular case highlights that it is imperative for stores to have procedures in place to prevent underage sales.
“The sale may have been avoided if sufficient time and consideration had been placed on preventing underage sales.
“I am pleased with the outcome of this prosecution, and hope that it will serve as a warning to any other store which may not be thoroughly checking a customer’s age before selling age restrictive products.
“Trading Standards endeavours to provide advice and support to local businesses.
“We will continue to take enforcement action against the irresponsible minority who continue to sell to children and have inadequate procedures to help prevent staff making illegal sales.”
Anybody with information relating to shops selling cigarettes or any other age-restricted products to children are asked to inform the Trading Standards team on (01429) 523362.