THURROCK Council’s licensing sub-committee has imposed nine conditions on the alcohol licence of Tesco Express, Derry Avenue, South Ockendon.
Members heard that council officers working with an underage girl were checking nine licensed premises in the area in October last year.
The 15-year-old was served with a bottle of rosé wine in the Tesco store. She was not asked for identification or for her age.
On Tuesday (6 May), the sub-committee members agreed a series of conditions including that a “Challenge 25” policy be adopted and all staff will be trained in its operation.
Members also agreed the store had to maintain a book record of all refusals made there.
Lucy Magill, the council’s head of public protection, said: “Thurrock Council takes its responsibilities around the sale of all age-restricted goods very seriously indeed and we regularly visit shops to check whether they are complying with the law.
“The sale of alcohol to young people can have very serious consequences. Not only can it lead to anti-social behaviour, it can also put already vulnerable people in increased danger.
“It is good the licensing sub-committee has taken this line in an incident involving a 15-year-old girl buying alcohol.”
Underage sales of restricted items can be reported anonymously online by visiting the council’s website (thurrock.gov.uk) and using the search option for “underage sales”.
As well as alcohol and cigarettes, age-restricted products also include fireworks, knives, sunbeds, DVDs and video games.