Retailers back underage crackdown

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RETAILERS have signed up to Sheffield Council’s crackdown on sales of age-restricted goods to young people.

About 50 traders will receive Responsible Retailer Scheme certificates from Coun Sylvia Dunkley, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, tomorrow.

The scheme aims to restrict young people’s access to products, including tobacco, alcohol, solvents, knives, fireworks and spray paints.

Those committed to cracking down on the sale of products to underage customers have a sticker to display in their businesses.

Greg Ward, of trading standards, said: “We have produced a pack containing information on age-restricted products and the laws around their sale to help retailers train their staff to conform to underage sales legislation. This has been distributed free of charge to all premises visited.

“The scheme has been very successful and its importance is now a recognised mainstream function of the department.”

Coun Dunkley said: “The trading standards team has received some very encouraging feedback regarding the effectiveness of the project.”