Jas Dhesi, who runs Dhesi Stores, has sent me a cutting from his local Tamworth Herald about a series of police and Trading Standards operations at four locations across the town to stop adults buying alcohol for children. In one area it took youngsters half-an-hour to succeed in convincing adults to buy on their behalf; in others less it was less than that.

All well and good except the adults aren't getting the £5,000 fine just a warning. And these adults must know the kids are only asking because they are underaged.

When it's a retailer sting, there is seldom this amount of grace. And now kids are allowed to be tarted up to look older 'because that's what they do in real life', how long before they are allowed to intimidate 'because that's what they do in real life'?

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