A SHOPKEEPER has been ordered to pay more than £643 in fines and costs for selling fireworks to under-age children.
Mohammed Ishaq, 58, of Manchester Road, Crosland Moor, pleaded guilty to selling Space Demon Roman candles to a person under 18.
Huddersfield magistrates fined him £200 and ordered him to pay £443.49 costs, all at £20 a week.
Mr Geoff Bell, prosecuting for West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said Ishaq had received two letters and had a personal visit from a trading standards officer, explaining the law on the sale of fireworks.
But he had still sold fireworks to a 14-year-old when subjected to a `sting' by trading standards officers.
He said Ishaq's shop had been targeted because of a number of concerns about the sale of fireworks to under-age children in Crosland Moor.
Not only was there the nuisance factor to neighbours involved, but also the risk of injuries caused by fireworks.
Mr Bell said police and trading standards officers visited premises in the Crosland Moor area last October 16.
Ishaq was spoken to and signed a report saying he knew of his responsibilities.
But a complaint was received about the sale of fireworks from the shop on the same day. An advisory letter was sent.
A further letter and explanatory leaflet were sent on October 22, warning that trading standards may try a test purchase of fireworks using volunteer children.
Mr Bell said an undercover trading standards officer went in the shop on Saturday, October 25, and saw fireworks being sold to a 14-year-old girl.
The defendant's son sold the fireworks to the girl in the presence of the defendant.
Mr Bell said the girl visited seven shops on the same day and asked to buy fireworks.
Ishaq's was the only shop to sell them to her.
Mr Bell said the trading standards officer arranged a date for an interview with Ishaq, but on the day Ishaq refused to be interviewed.
A letter was sent on November 3, inviting Ishaq to re-schedule the meeting. He did not reply.
Another letter was sent on November 18, giving him seven days to respond.
A trading standards officer rang Ishaq on November 20 and was told not to ring again.
There had been no contact since then.
Ishaq was not represented in court and offered no mitigation.
The prosecution evidence was translated through an interpreter.