Ex-Dronfield shopkeeper sold booze to young person and illegally stored dangerous fireworks

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A former Derbyshire shopkeeper has been fined £1,468 for selling alcohol to a person under the age of 18 and storing fireworks without a storage licence.

Anthony Arokiyanathar, 38, of Bartholomew Close, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to each of the charges at Chesterfield magistrates’ court today on Wednesday following a successful prosecution by Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team.

He admitted one charge of the sale of alcohol to a person under the age of 18 under the Licencing Act 2003 and another charge of storing in excess of 5kg net worth of explosives without a storage licence under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The offences date from March 12 to 30 April this year and took place while Arokiyanathar was the owner of Holmesdale Convenience Store on Holmesdale Road, Dronfield.

During a routine test purchasing exercise, trading standards officers found that the shop sold cans of beer to a 16-year-old boy.

At a follow-up visit, officers discovered that the shop was storing Hazard Type 4 fireworks without a licence. The court ordered the fireworks to be seized and destroyed.

Arokiyanathar was fined £250 for selling alcohol to a person under 18 and £417 for storing more fireworks than legally allowed without a licence.

He was also told to pay costs of £600 plus a court charge of £150 and a victim surcharge of £41.

Councillor Dave Allen, the council’s cabinet member for health and communities, said: “Selling alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 and illegally storing fireworks is dangerous and irresponsible.

“We have a duty to protect consumers in Derbyshire and traders who do not follow the rules will be caught and dealt with appropriately.

“We’ll continue to do our utmost to make sure that consumers are kept safe from harm and stop honest businesses from suffering.”

Arokiyanathar is no longer the owner of Holmesdale Convenience Store after transferring the business earlier this year.

Anyone with information about the sale of alcohol to under 18s or the illegal sale or storage of fireworks should call the Citizens’ Advice Consumer Service 03454 040506 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.