A shop in Erith could lose its licence to sell alcohol after a child was able to buy booze.

Londis, in Northend Road, was found by trading standards to have sold a fruity cider to a 16-year-old without asking for ID.

The investigation came after inspectors, on two occasions, saw 18-year-olds buying alcohol without being challenged about their age.

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Selling booze to an adult without asking for ID is not an offence, but goes against the Bexley Council advice.

Council documents explain that in July, a 16-year-old volunteer bought a Kopparberg cider from the shop without being asked for proof of age.

The teenager entered the shop, which was empty apart from an undercover inspector, and went straight to the booze section.

“The volunteer entered the shop and selected a bottle of Kopparberg from a refrigerated shelf,” the inspector submitted. “When he arrived at the counter, he was asked for £2.29, which he paid.

“He was not asked his age nor asked to produce any form of identification.”

Two people – one of whom was Janeash Sooriyabalan, the licence holder – were behind the till.

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It later transpired the sale was made by a 15-year-old.

A trading standards officer said: “I see no alternative but to request that the licensing sub-committee revoke the premises licence.

“The licence holder has little interest in complying with his conditions and has exercised no control over what happens behind the counter in his shop.”

Councillors will be asked to consider suspending or revoking the shop’s licence, or change what the shop can and can’t sell.

The meeting will take place at Bexley Civic Centre on Wednesday, January 16.