Shopkeepers caught selling fireworks to under-age

SLOUGH: Council Sting caught nine shopkeepers selling fireworks to underage and these shopkeepers are facing fines of up to £5,000 each.
The trading standards officers and a young volunteer visited 16 shops in Slough to test whether they would sell fireworks to someone under the age of 18, while more than half of the shops visited did without checking the age of the volunteer and now face prosecution and a potential £5,000 fine.
The shops are now being investigated by the trading standards team.
Fakhra Zaman, an officer in Slough trading standards, said that in the run up to bonfire night and Diwali, we visit all shops selling fireworks to give health and safety advice and to make sure they know what to do to avoid selling age-restricted goods to children. “Despite these visits, it seems some shopkeepers have simply ignored our advice. We are extremely disappointed”, she said
Councillor Sohail Munawar, commissioner for economic and social inclusion has said that not only are children ill-equipped to deal with the dangers of fireworks but also less aware of the anti-social nature of loud bangs and lights late at night.