A Kilburn shop owner has been charged after a test purchase carried out by Brent Council trading standards found that his business sold alcohol to children.

Mr Thanapalasingham,46, from Blockley Road in Wembley , who owns Food & Wine in Kilburn Lane, was given a conditional discharge for one year.

He was also made to pay £500 towards prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge by Willesden Magistrates' Court, following the purchase made by two child volunteers in August 2015, who were just 12 and 13 years old.

The girls were able to buy one can of beer without being asked their age or for any identification by Mr. Ponnuthurai, the sales assistant who served them at the time.

Mr Thanapalasingham explained to the court that Mr. Ponnuthurai sold the booze to the children because he was distracted following the news of a family bereavement.

He has reportedly since introduced systems to his shop to help prevent any future underage sales.

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Councillor James Denselow, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Trading Standards , said: "This prosecution arose from an intelligence-based operation by the trading standards team to see whether retailers are supplying restricted goods to young people under 18.

"There were 11 other premises visited that day as part of the same exercise. All of the other premises refused to sell alcohol to the same two child volunteers, so it is clear that a lack of due diligence was shown by the owner.

"The trading standards team are working hard to ensure that these illegal sales stop as part of our continued commitment in helping to make Brent a safer and healthier borough.

“If there is any doubt of a customer's age then retailers should always ask for identification."

Underage sales can be reported to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advise Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.