A COUPLE has been fined more than £900 for selling alcohol to underage customers in Barry.
Following an investigation by the Vale of Glamorgan Council's trading standards team, Hiren and Avani Patel were prosecuted at Cardiff Magistrates Court on Thursday, May 9, 2013 for offences under the Licensing Act 2003.
Mr and Mrs Patel, premises licence holders of Misha News at 81 Cardiff Road, Barry, were found guilty of selling alcohol to an underage trading standards volunteer, following a joint test purchasing exercise.
The test purchasing exercise was conducted by the Vale of Glamorgan Council's trading standards team and South Wales Police, funded through the Safer Vale Partnership.
They were fined a total of £993 to be paid within seven days.
Principal trading standards officer Christina Roberts-Kinsey said: "This is another example of positive partnership working here in the Vale of Glamorgan.
"We are committed to reducing crime and disorder and preventing the sale of alcohol to young people."
Council leader Neil Moore said: "We recognise in the Vale of Glamorgan that anti-social behaviour stemming from underage drinking can have negative impact on local communities.
"I urge anyone in the community who has concerns about young people accessing alcohol to contact our trading standards team on 01446 709105."