A SHOPKEEPER has been fined after selling lager to a boy of 13 in a sting operation.
Huddersfield magistrates were told that Lakbir Singh Budwill, 40, who owns and lives above Bud's general store in Luck Lane, Paddock, did not give employee Haroon Rashid, 24, of nearby Victory Avenue, the correct training.
The court heard that Rashid sold two cans of Stella Artois to a 13-year-old employed by West Yorkshire Trading Standards to try to catch out shopkeepers.
Magistrates were told trading standards officers were in Huddersfield after complaints by the public about shops selling alcohol to under-18s.
The boy tried to buy alcohol in nine shops - but only succeeded at Bud's.
Mr Geoff Bell, prosecuting, told the court that a complaint had been made against Bud's in January this year.
He went on to say that on March 13, trading standards officer Pat Harter and the boy went to the shop. Rashid served the boy without question. He simply sold the beer.
In mitigation, Budwill, representing himself said: "We made a mistake. We should have taught him a lot better than we did. Mr Rashid is no longer being employed by us, because we cannot risk our business."
Budwill and Rashid pleaded guilty to selling alcohol to someone under-age. Budwill was fined £650 with £331.01 costs and Rashid £200.
Trading standards officials have promised to carry on such stings to help stamp out alcohol problems.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards chief officer Martin Wood said it was vital shopkeepers kept to the law and did not sell alcohol to under-18s.
He added: "It is clear the courts are sending out a strong message on under-age sales.
"Alcohol in the wrong hands can lead to anti-social behaviour and we support the court's decision.
"We continue to encourage responsible retailers to take all steps necessary to verify a young person's age by asking for a valid form of identification," added Mr Wood.