Haverhill shop sold alcohol to minors

Primrose Mini Market
Primrose Mini Market

A local businessman, has pleaded guilty to selling alcohol to minors and has been ordered to pay over £3000 at Bury St Edmunds’ Magistrates Court.

Sivasubramaniam Balamurugah, of Primrose Mini Market in Haverhill, was ordered to pay a £1500 fine (£1500 in prosecution costs and a £150 victim surcharge) on Tuesday (April 14).

He had previously pleaded not guilty but changed his plea in court. The Magistrates indicated that should there be any future underage sales offences committed their licence may be in jeopardy

On January 10 2014, an underage alcohol test purchase operation was carried out in Haverhill. Two cans of Red stripe lager were sold from Primrose Mini Market to a test purchase volunteer aged 15 years old. This followed a previous incident in 2013 where the store sold alcohol to under 18s.

Steve Greenfield, Suffolk County Council’s Head of Trading Standards said: “I would encourage retailers to consider a challenge 25 policy to make it easier to identify those under age.”