The Budgens retailer who trialled facial recognition in his London store in a bid to tackle underage sales has been told to ditch the system.

Musgrave Retail Partners GB, which owns the Budgens franchise, had been unaware of the trial but has now ordered the franchisee to scrap the system. "The owner has taken the decision to remove the facial recognition system," a Musgrave spokeswoman said.

Charlie Willetts, MD of Charton Software, which developed the system with OmniPerception, said the trial at the Budgens store had been successful. The system was now being trialled elsewhere, though he refused to identify where. A c-store chain was also looking at it, he claimed.