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Apr
15
Wirral youngsters urged to sign up for 'CitizenCard'
Posted by CitizenCard on 15 April 2013 11:14 AM
The Wirral CitizenCard

WIRRAL youngsters are being encouraged to sign up for a nationally-recognised proof-of-age card.

The Wirral CitizenCard gives teenagers easier access to a range of products and services their age legally entitles them to.

It is aimed at the under 18s and as young as 12. Card holders can take advantage of a range of benefits including discounts at hundreds of online and high street retailers, 40% off Alton Towers and Thorpe Park and up to 17% off at the Apple Store.

With its distinctive PASS - Proof of Age Standards Scheme - logo, the card is designed to combat confusion over fake ID and novelty cards and should be recognized by a range of businesses.

In other parts of the country, people have to pay £15 for their CitizenCard, but in Wirral they are being offered at a reduced...
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Apr
15
Praised for not selling cigs to underage teen
Posted by CitizenCard on 15 April 2013 09:21 AM

Fourteen retailers have been praised for refusing to sell cigarettes to an underage teenager.

A 15-year-old, working with the county council's Trading Standards team, took part in a test purchasing exercise in a bid to stamp out underage sales.

They visited 14 different retailers and at each one the sales assistant refused to sell any tobacco products to the 15 year-old as the minimum age is 18.

Angela Jones, the council's Trading Standards service manager, said that she was pleased that retailers were "vigilant" and refused to make a sale.  "Trading Standards will continue to work with partners throughout the year to tackle the issue of young people accessing restricted products such as alcohol and tobacco," she added.

"Our approach is not aimed at just taking action against retailers where a sale is made, but also at educating and helping them when selling age-restricted products.  Our advice to off-licences, supermarkets, pubs or restaurants ...
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Apr
8
Underage tobacco sales: shops get final warning
Posted by CitizenCard on 08 April 2013 10:05 AM
Final warnings have been given to Aberdeen retailers found to be selling tobacco to underage customers.  Routine test purchases were made at 15 shops across the city earlier this year using 16-year-old volunteers.  Seven of the retailers targeted in the operation sold cigarettes to the teenagers.

Two of the sales were to a volunteer wearing a school uniform when he visited national shop chains which were claiming to operate a Challenge 25 policy.

Letters from Trading Standards officers have now been sent to the retailers involved in the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 18.  They warn that any future sales could result in the issue being reported to the procurator fiscal for consideration of a prosecution.  Alternatively Aberdeen City Council could issue a fixed penalty notice for £200.

Aberdeen City Council Trading Standards team leader Graeme Paton said: "We ...
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Mar
19
Shops fail under-age sales test
Posted by CitizenCard on 19 March 2013 10:09 AM

More shops in Hampshire have been caught selling cigarettes to children.

The figures from Hampshire County Council Trading Standards officers were released to coincide with No Smoking Day yesterday. 

In test purchases carried out by under-age volunteers from July 2012, five shops out of 19 in Basingstoke, Chandler's Ford, Havant, Totton and Winchester did not challenge the age of the young person who was attempting to buy cigarettes.  Three of the test purchases were carried out in Basingstoke, resulting in one sale.

The maximum fine for selling tobacco to under-18s is £2,500 and for persistent selling shops and staff can be banned from making sales for up to 12 months.

Trading Standards staff have formally warned and advised three shops which failed the test purchases. One of the others is no longer trading following the cancellation of their alcohol licence for other similar alleged offences, and the other shop is still under...
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Mar
12
Workers fined for underage cigarette sales
Posted by CitizenCard on 12 March 2013 11:52 AM

Shopkeepers admit selling to teenager.

Two shopkeepers who were caught selling cigarettes to an underage teenager have been fined by magistrates. Nanu Bhai Patel, 64, of Lea News, on Blackpool Road, Preston, was prosecuted by Lancashire County Council Trading Standards.

He pleaded guilty by letter to selling a packet of 10 Benson and Hedges cigarettes to a 14-year-old boy during a test purchasing operation on September 15 last year.  In the letter he apologised to magistrates, told them he was approaching retirement and claimed that his business was suffering severely from competition from a nearby Tesco store that had opened.

He admitted he should have checked the boy's ID and claimed he thought he looked 20.  Prosecuting, Nick McNamara said: "Mr Patel had attended an age restricted sales course run by Lancashire Trading Standards in which the importance of demanding proof of age was explained to him".

Patel was fined...
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Feb
7

The Visa Prepaid CitizenCard has been awarded the title of 'Best New Prepaid Card Product of the Year' at The Card and Payment Awards 2013 held in London on 6th February 2013.

The Card and Payment Awards was founded in 2006 to recognise customer service, excellence and innovation in the UK and Irish card and payment industries.

CitizenCard launched the award winning Visa Prepaid CitizenCard in July 2012, it is a combined PASS proof of age card with Visa payment functionality and the card can be used at 29 million Visa outlets worldwide and online.  CitizenCard has issued over 2 million cards since 1999 and is the UK's leading proof of age card.

The Visa Prepaid CitizenCard is Europe's first proof of age/ID card with combined Visa payment functionality.  The chip and PIN secured card offers...
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