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Children being sold cigarettes despite crackdown

Children are being sold cigarettes in Leicestershire Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sting operations have revealed that children in Leicestershire are still being sold cigarettes.

It comes after a major Trading Standards operation aimed at stopping the practice.

Figures released by trading standards show that in the last 12 months 19 per cent of volunteers aged between the ages of 14 and 17 were sold age restricted products.

“It is very disappointing that our enforcement activities, which include visiting retailers to provide free business advice and support packs before a test purchase is made, is not achieving compliance by some retailers.

“We have a range of enforcement tools for dealing with illegal sales which include cautions, written warnings and introducing training with examinations for retailers who flout the law.

“The Trading Standards team will continue to make test purchases to ensure retailers comply with the law and do not put children’s health at risk. We would urge retailers to always ask for ID to help reduce illegal sales.”

– David Bull, head of Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards

Of the businesses caught selling to youngsters, seven were issued with written warnings, two received formal cautions and two carried out training on underage sales.

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Video: Brutal attack leaves man with a fractured skull

Police have released CCTV footage after a brutal attack left a man with a fractured skull.

The unprovoked assault happened outside Bamboo Bar in Stoney Street in Nottingham.

At 2:45am, the victim was trying to help a woman in distress when a man ran up to him and punched him unconscious.

"This was an unprovoked and cowardly attack. So often we see one punch assaults like this end in tragedy.

“In this case the victim had walked over to help a young woman and was instead punched to the floor suffering a serious injury.

“We would urge anyone who knows anything about this incident to call us on 101.”

– Det Insp Mike Allen

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£5000 reward for information on sexual assault

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information after a sexual assault in Nottingham.

A 20-year-old woman was attacked in the Radford area of Nottingham in the early hours of April 12, as she walked home from a night out.

It happened in a car park on Randal Street, between 2am and 2:30am.

CCTV footage shows a man walking along adjoining Radford Road at about the time of the incident. Police think this man may have vital information about the incident and anyone who recognises him is asked to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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