'Saleswatch' launched to educate retailers on age restricted products
Parents anxious about their children being sold or offered potentially dangerous ‘age restricted’ products need worry no longer with the launch of the Saleswatch initiative on Monday 8 February.
Saleswatch aims to raise awareness of age restricted products and the legislation around them, by getting local retailers actively involved. The scheme is being introduced by the Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Partnership, with the Borough Council’s Licensing team, Hertfordshire Trading Standards, Hertfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.
The teams have been talking to newsagents and shops across the borough about their responsibilities as retailers, ensuring they’re aware of what can and cannot be sold to young people. Some businesses have said that they are training their staff and reminding them of these rules on an ongoing basis.
Councillor Bernard Sarson, Lead Member for Business and Partnerships, said: “This is a very worthwhile initiative as it’s an issue that, until now, has not been easy for the public to report. It’s reassuring that retailers are happy to come on board, and residents now have mechanisms they can use to raise any suspicions they have about the selling or offering of age-restricted products to youngsters.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, added: “I’m pleased to be a part of this ongoing programme to educate retailers and the public alike on age-restricted products. We can raise awareness of this legislation and what these products are, to ensure incidents are kept to as few as possible. This is especially true of more recent products such as e-cigarettes.”
Residents can report the suspected selling or offering of age-restricted products anonymously to the council a number of ways:
via email at feelsafe@welhat.gov.uk,
text 07768 433172
Or calling 01707 357925.
The police and Trading Standards will be alerted and investigate each report.