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Belfast shopkeepers fined for selling cigarettes to youth

Published 05/04/2016

Belfast council sends in a youth to ensure shopkeepers comply with the regulations.
Belfast council sends in a youth to ensure shopkeepers comply with the regulations.

Two Belfast shopkeepers have been fined for selling cigarettes to a youth aged under 18.

Both shops are on the Shankill Road in the west of the city.

They were both found to be displaying cigarettes to a person under the age of 18 under the tobacco advertising and promotion regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.

And they were both found to be selling cigarettes to someone under 18 is contrary to the Children and Young Persons (Sale of Tobacco etc) Regulation (Northern Ireland) 2008.

Steven Harrison, trading as Battenburg Off Sales, received two fines of £300 each for his offences, which were detected by officials from Belfast City Council on September 26.

John Millar, trading as Millar’s Convenience Store, was fined a total of £600 for his offences, which were detected on the same date.

Both defendants were also ordered to pay £69 each in costs to the council at a hearing at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

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