Camelot says its Operation Child clampdown on underage selling is working well, despite a 74% fail rate in a recent joint exercise with Trading Standards. Trading standards officers in West Sussex visited 43 stores with a 14 year old teenager who was sold lottery tickets and scratchcards by 32 retailers. All have had their terminals removed by Camelot. The lottery operator said it was "disappointed" by the results, but stressed they did not give a true representation of retailers across the country. Last year, its Operation Child inspectors, who use young looking 16 year olds rather than under age teenagers, made 5,003 visits, with only three retailers losing their terminals. This year, Camelot will make another 5,000 visits, but will not confirm how much it is ploughing into Operation Child. But director of security John Branscombe said: "It is clear retailers across all areas need to be far more alert to the issue of underage sales. "Despite countless warnings and Operation Child, in many cases retailers have yet to heed the message." He said there were no plans to axe the "three strikes and you're out" policy in favour of a harsher approach, stressing communication and training was the way to rectify the problem. A spokesman for Trading Standards said: "Retailers must ask for ID if they have any concerns about a teenager's age. If they don't have any, then don't make a sale." {{NEWS }}