A Bracknell based company, Vapers Cave Ltd trading from The Vapers Cave, Moss End Garden Centre, Bracknell appeared at Reading Magistrates Court on the 25 October 2019 and pleaded guilty to an offence of selling a nicotine based vape liquid to a person under 18.
The company were fined £1500, ordered to pay court costs of £908 and a victim surcharge of £150, following a planned test purchase at the premises by officers from the Public Protection Partnership (PPP) Trading Standards on the 20 February 2019. The case was prosecuted by the PPP Joint Case Management Unit.
A child volunteer aged under 18 was sold a vape liquid containing nicotine at the store on the 30 August 2018 as part of vaping test purchase project. Advice was provided to the company following the sale and the company were warned that Trading Standards would re-visit on a further occasion to carry out another test purchase.
On 20 February 2019 the Trading Standards service returned to the store with a 15 year old volunteer. The seller did not ask for identification or proof of age when he sold the nicotine based vape liquid to the volunteer.
The Public Protection Partnership is a shared service of Bracknell Forest Council, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council and delivers trading standards, environmental health and licensing functions.