Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Ulster stores sell child 18-rated movies

Northern Ireland stores have been caught out selling notorious horror movies to a 12-year-old boy.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Henry, Portrait Of A Serial Killer were among the graphic 18-rated titles bought by the child last month.

The purchases were made during an official survey to test compliance with the law on movie and computer game sales.

It was revealed yesterday that in one out of three shops visited, the boy was able to buy 15 or 18-rated items.

The operation was organised by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment's Trading Standards Service (TSS).

It has not named the shops visited, but has stated that they included major high street retailers, supermarkets, convenience stores and small independent outlets.

Businesses in Belfast, Lisburn, Lurgan, Portadown, Craigavon and Banbridge were covered in the survey.

The Video Recordings Act 1984 makes it a criminal offence to supply DVDs and some computer games to a person below the age specified in the classification label.

The stores that sold the 15 and 18-rated titles to the boy have been given warnings.

Kevin McNamara from TSS yesterday said: "It is unacceptable that a 12-year-old should be able to get his hands on some of the titles that were purchased in the course of this survey.

"While many of the premises visited have good systems in place to prevent such under-age sales happening, it is obvious that some other traders are not so diligent.

"As a result of our findings we will be warning those traders who have breached the law and carrying out follow-up visits."

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