Northumberland Heath Labour council candidate Baljeet Singh Gill fined after fireworks sold to underage teen

News Shopper: Mr Gill admitted that fireworks were sold to an underage customer at his shop in Bexley. Mr Gill admitted that fireworks were sold to an underage customer at his shop in Bexley.

A Labour council candidate in Northumberland Heath has been ordered to pay nearly £1,750 after fireworks were sold to an underage customer at his shop.

Baljeet Singh Gill part owns the Montpelier Local shop in Bexley where a person under the age of 18 was allowed to buy fireworks on October 29 last year without being asked for proof of age.

He was summonsed to Bexley Magistrates’ Court yesterday after an investigation by Bexley Council’s trading standards team.

The Labour candidate for Northumberland Heath ward in next month’s elections admitted the offence and was sentenced along with his two sons who also own the shop.

Derek Steedman, chair of Bexley Labour's local campaign forum, said: “Baljeet Gill admitted to this serious mistake and pleaded guilty and although he did not make the sale himself accepts the responsibility he has as head of the business.

“Baljeet has been and remains contrite and is finalising the sale of the business.‎”

Conservative member for Belvedere Councillor Kerry Allon said: “If a shop owner is going to allow fireworks to be sold to a kid do you want him in charge of the council?

“It is what it is and I don’t think it needs much comment.”

Mr Gill, of Brantwood Avenue, Erith, admitted selling fireworks to someone under the age of 18 without asking for proof of age and was fined £1,200, ordered to £429.66 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

His sons Pavandeep Gill and Brinderjeet Singh Gill were both fined £400, ordered to pay £429.66 costs and a victim surcharge of £40.

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1:53pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Love London Life says...

Can someone please explain "Victim Surcharge"..... slightly concerned as I am not actually aware of any victims in this story.

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Can someone please explain "Victim Surcharge"..... slightly concerned as I am not actually aware of any victims in this story. Confused.com Love London Life
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6:13pm Tue 29 Apr 14

fatboy2000 says...

Bet the fireworks in the picture didn't come from his shop!!
Bet the fireworks in the picture didn't come from his shop!! fatboy2000
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5:21am Wed 30 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Just convenient he was not the one selling the fireworks to an 18 year old BUT he is taking responsibility for it. You couldn't make it up could you? I wonder how many citizens in his Ward would really be glad to have such an irresponsible person representing them nor actually partaking in important decisions on a council? I know I would think twice before voting this numpty in. Mistake! He should know better. How long has he and his sons been in England to know there is a law against selling alcohol and fireworks to underage kids........As per, it's money and greed with these people.
Just convenient he was not the one selling the fireworks to an 18 year old BUT he is taking responsibility for it. You couldn't make it up could you? I wonder how many citizens in his Ward would really be glad to have such an irresponsible person representing them nor actually partaking in important decisions on a council? I know I would think twice before voting this numpty in. Mistake! He should know better. How long has he and his sons been in England to know there is a law against selling alcohol and fireworks to underage kids........As per, it's money and greed with these people. sarfflondonbird
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5:37am Wed 30 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Love London Life wrote:
Can someone please explain "Victim Surcharge"..... slightly concerned as I am not actually aware of any victims in this story.

Confused.com
It is a fairly new revenue (another tax so to speak)imposed to go towards the victim and witness general fund from those sentenced to conditional discharge, fine, communityor custodial sentence. .....quite where it fits in in his case I am not sure, unless it is a new fine/tax imposed on all sentencing fines nowadays. As you say, there are no victims unless he had been counted as one on account of him applying for labour candidate -joke. Then again, that would make Northumberland Heath residents all victims if he is imposed as labour candidate on them, in which case, the tax is rightly so awarded.
[quote][p][bold]Love London Life[/bold] wrote: Can someone please explain "Victim Surcharge"..... slightly concerned as I am not actually aware of any victims in this story. Confused.com[/p][/quote]It is a fairly new revenue (another tax so to speak)imposed to go towards the victim and witness general fund from those sentenced to conditional discharge, fine, communityor custodial sentence. .....quite where it fits in in his case I am not sure, unless it is a new fine/tax imposed on all sentencing fines nowadays. As you say, there are no victims unless he had been counted as one on account of him applying for labour candidate -joke. Then again, that would make Northumberland Heath residents all victims if he is imposed as labour candidate on them, in which case, the tax is rightly so awarded. sarfflondonbird
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7:35am Wed 30 Apr 14

HearTheFacts says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Just convenient he was not the one selling the fireworks to an 18 year old BUT he is taking responsibility for it. You couldn't make it up could you? I wonder how many citizens in his Ward would really be glad to have such an irresponsible person representing them nor actually partaking in important decisions on a council? I know I would think twice before voting this numpty in. Mistake! He should know better. How long has he and his sons been in England to know there is a law against selling alcohol and fireworks to underage kids........As per, it's money and greed with these people.
Yes but in 2010 a Tory councillor sold fireworks to a person under 18. But very little action taken why? Tory thats why!.

The recent matter of the Charlotte pub having a male strip show. Yes Mayor and Mayoress, should they have known better?. What happening with this case?.

Alleged hate crime, alleged misuse of a credit card. Putting a council meeting into closed session. By excluding members of the public, that being unlawful!. The list goes on with the Tories!. But they have police friends!, and that is fact!.

So Kerry Allon, people in glass houses should not throw stones!. Also this councillor was,against the new Adsa store in Belvedere. Kerry Allon has jumped 'ship', and now trying his luck in Abbey Wood and Thamesmead (Lesnes). What a Tory idiot, along with the rest of this Tory rubbish!.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: Just convenient he was not the one selling the fireworks to an 18 year old BUT he is taking responsibility for it. You couldn't make it up could you? I wonder how many citizens in his Ward would really be glad to have such an irresponsible person representing them nor actually partaking in important decisions on a council? I know I would think twice before voting this numpty in. Mistake! He should know better. How long has he and his sons been in England to know there is a law against selling alcohol and fireworks to underage kids........As per, it's money and greed with these people.[/p][/quote]Yes but in 2010 a Tory councillor sold fireworks to a person under 18. But very little action taken why? Tory thats why!. The recent matter of the Charlotte pub having a male strip show. Yes Mayor and Mayoress, should they have known better?. What happening with this case?. Alleged hate crime, alleged misuse of a credit card. Putting a council meeting into closed session. By excluding members of the public, that being unlawful!. The list goes on with the Tories!. But they have police friends!, and that is fact!. So Kerry Allon, people in glass houses should not throw stones!. Also this councillor was,against the new Adsa store in Belvedere. Kerry Allon has jumped 'ship', and now trying his luck in Abbey Wood and Thamesmead (Lesnes). What a Tory idiot, along with the rest of this Tory rubbish!. HearTheFacts
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