Fined for fire­work sale with­out £500 li­cence

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ASHOPKEEPER has ad­mit­ted sell­ing a fire­work out­side the per­mit­ted pe­riod of sale after be­ing caught by Hilling­don Coun­cil’s Trad­ing Stan­dards.

Eastcote Stores Ltd, trad­ing as Bud­gens, and company di­rec­tor Tham­bidu­rai Piruthu­vi­raj ad­mit­ted the charge at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court on Tues­day, Au­gust 19.

Laws con­trol­ling the sale of fire­works came into force in 2004 in or­der to re­duce the nui­sance caused when they are not used prop­erly.

Re­tail­ers are not per­mit­ted to sell fire­works be­tween Novem­ber 10 and De­cem­ber 26 with­out a li­cence, which costs £500. De­spite Bud­gens in Field End Road, Eastcote, not hav­ing such a li­cence, a Trad­ing Stan­dards of­fi­cer was able to buy a fire­work there on De­cem­ber 17 last year.

Leaflets, posters and a chalk board on the pave­ment out­side the shop ad­ver­tised the fire­works for sale.

Coun­cil­lor Jonathan Bianco, cab­i­net mem­ber for fi­nance, prop­erty and business ser­vices, said: “Mis­us­ing fire­works can have se­ri­ous con­se­quences, which is why the gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced laws to reg­u­late where and when they are sold. Hilling­don Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing lo­cal peo­ple by tak­ing busi­nesses to court when they do not follow the rules.”

The company and Mr Piruthu­vi­raj were each fined £180 and or­dered to pay costs of £553 and a £20 vic­tim sur­charge.

Six traders in Hilling­don have paid the £500 to li­cense their premises for the sale of fire­works all year round. Shops with­out a li­cence can only sell fire­works from Oc­to­ber 15 to Novem­ber 10, from De­cem­ber 26 to 31, on the day of Di­wali and the three days pre­ced­ing it, and on the first day of the Chi­nese New Year and the three days pre­ced­ing it. IF we have pub­lished any­thing that is fac­tu­ally in­ac­cu­rate, please con­tact the Ed­i­tor on 01895 451 000, at kim.chap­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com or at Uxbridge Gazette, Trin­ity Mir­ror South­ern, c/o Trin­ity Mir­ror Colour Print, St Al­bans Road, Wat­ford, Herts, WD24 7RG and, once ver­i­fied, we will cor­rect it as soon as pos­si­ble.

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