Under age sales
It is a criminal offence for businesses to sell alcohol, cigarettes, fireworks, solvents, butane lighter refills and offensive weapons such as knives, air guns and cross bows to people under the age of 18.
Similar rules apply to lottery tickets, aerosol spray paints, party poppers and liqueur chocolates where the age limit is 16. Videos and computer games may have 12, 15 or 18 age limits. In each case it is a criminal offence to sell any of these products to a person under the specified age.
|Product||Minimum age for purchase|
|Aerosol spray paints||16|
|Butane cigarette-lighter refills||18|
|Crossbows and lookalike guns||18|
|DVDs, videos and certain consoles games||12, 15 or 18, as marked|
|Knives, axes and blades||18|
|Tobacco products and cigarette papers||18|
Report under age sales to us
If you suspect that a local shop is selling age-restricted goods to children, contact us. We will investigate and, if necessary, arrange a properly supervised 'test purchase'. If you need advice about the sale of age restricted goods, contact us. We can only help you if the shop concerned is within the borough.
Visit our age restricted product advice webpage for more information.
Bernard Weatherill House
6th Floor, Zone A
8 Mint Walk