Ilford department store Bodgers fined £3k for selling knife to under 18

Bodgers of Ilford, left, were fined £3,000 by Barkingside Magistrates Court for selling the knife, r

Bodgers of Ilford, left, were fined £3,000 by Barkingside Magistrates Court for selling the knife, right, to an under 18 without proper checks. - Credit: Archant

An iconic Ilford department store has been fined £3,000 for selling a knife to someone under 18-years-old.

Bodgers of Ilford, in Station Road, sold a blade to a volunteer police cadet without asking for age identification in July 2015.

This was the second time the store failed a test of purchase test, carried out by Police and Trading Standards.

The 126-year-old shop pleaded guilty to the offence at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Friday.

They had to pay £120 victim surcharge costs and £1,027 to Redbridge Council, as well as the £3,000 fine.

The council and police regularly check shops in the borough to ensure they are not selling knives or alcohol to people underage.

Bodgers have been contacted for comment.