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Welling shopkeeper fined after admitting selling fireworks to a minor

PUBLISHED: 10:13 22 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:13 22 May 2015

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Bexley Trading Standards investigation ends in court appearance

A Welling shopkeeper has been handed a fine and costs totalling £3,120 after admitting selling fireworks to a minor and storing fireworks incorrectly.

Shop owner, Prakesh Patel, aged 32, of Queens Road, Welling, appeared at Bexley Magistrates’ Court earlier this week.

Bexley’s Trading Standard Team had investigated the offences that happened on October 27, 2014, at Costcutter, Upper Wickham Lane, Welling.

Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure, Cllr Peter Craske said; “We welcome this verdict and I want to thank the Council’s trading standards team for pursuing this case. Fireworks can be dangerous which is why there are very clear laws in place governing how they are stored and the age at which people can buy them. I’m pleased that the magistrates saw fit to recognise the seriousness of both offences.”

Mr Patel was prosecuted by Bexley’s in house Legal Services Team. In mitigation it was stated that he accepted he was negligent in the guidance and supervision of his staff.

Mr Patel was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay a contribution to costs of £1,500 and a victim surcharge of £120.

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