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Low prices? Teens will drink to that

PUBLISHED: 14:59 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:26 25 August 2010

A SUPERMARKET giant has come under fire for attracting the younger boozer with its low, low prices. But according to Tesco, it is the government s fault –

A SUPERMARKET giant has come under fire for attracting the younger boozer with its low, low prices.

But according to Tesco, it is the government's fault - seeing as there are no guidelines for pricing alcohol. It has urged ministers to address this.

Sounds very noble, but then the Diary remembered that this is the chain that enjoyed a reputation among Bexley teenagers for selling booze for pocket money.

Tesco, in Station Road, Sidcup, was forced to take the grog off its shelves for three months last Christmas after police discovered its lax ID scheme. And this week, Gordon Brown announced his "two strikes and you're out" policy for regular offenders who repeatedly sell alcohol to the under-aged.

Perhaps this will be the "every little helps" that Tesco needs to make sure customers are the legal age limit in future.

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