Clive calls for tougher penalties for shops selling alcohol to underage drinkers

Clive Efford has called for tougher action to be taken against shops found selling alcohol to under-age drinkers.

Clive explained “Currently the minimum fine that a court can impose is £5,000 However, on-the-spot fines of as little as £90 can be issued to shop owners who have been caught selling alcohol to under-age drinkers without the case going to court. This is little more than a slap on the wrist. I would like to see the on-the-spot fine raised to £2,000. Shop keepers could then choose to challenge this by taking the matter to court, where they would risk having a more substantial fine imposed if they were found guilty.”

“Shops that sell drink to those underage are a menace to our community as they are helping fuel antisocial behaviour.”

Clive raised his concerns in Parliament recently and is following the matter up with the minister responsible.

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