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Market trader fined for selling lighter fluid to underage boy
Thursday 4th July, 2013

A market trader in Wigan has been fined over £500 after selling lighter fluid to a 16 year old boy.

In the first prosecution of its kind by Wigan trading standards, Abdul Mogradia, 50, of Derby Street was caught red handed after selling the fluid to a trading standards volunteer at A&M Discounts last October.

Appearing before Wigan Magistrates Court last month (Thursday 20th June) Mr Mogradia was found guilty and fined £235 and ordered to pay £323 in costs.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council cabinet member for communities, says: “The dangers of selling lighter fluid to children cannot be underestimated. While the majority of Wigan Borough traders comply with the law, the minority who donít will be appropriately dealt with by trading standards and the courts.”

Cigarette lighter gas contains butane, which when inhaled produces a similar effect to alcohol. The effects of inhaling the solvent include: asphyxia (the solvent causes the throat to swell); impaired judgement; disorientation and fainting; heart failure and death. Long term use damages the kidneys, liver, muscles and the brain. Between 2000 and 2008, volatile substance abuse killed more 10 -15 year olds than all illegal drugs combined.

The trader has now agreed to adopt the Challenge 21 policy and train all of his staff.

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