UK ILLEGAL TOBACCO MARKET MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS: JULY 2018
A shop assistant at the Kurdistan Shop in Glasgow has been jailed for 346 days, following the seizure of illegal cigarettes at the store in May 2015. 1,400 cigarettes were hidden down the assistant’s trousers with a further 137,160 cigarettes hidden in popcorn boxes. The duty evaded totalled over £41,000.
Reported on Evening Times – 4 July 2018
Two shop workers have been jailed for 16 and 22 weeks respectively, following the seizure of illegal tobacco during an inspection at Discount Convenience Store in Grimsby. The cigarettes and tobacco, which included Mayfair and Amber Leaf had a street value of £3,468.
Reported on Grimsby Telegraph – 17 July 2018
A shop assistant at Famous Shop in Burnley has been ordered to undertake 100 hours of community service and pay costs of £2,000, following test purchasing between November 2016 and October 2017. In total, officers seized more than 60 packs of illegal tobacco.
Reported on Lancashire Telegraph – 17 July 2018
A shopkeeper in Chorley has been ordered to undertake 160 hours of unpaid work and pay more than £1,480 in costs, following test purchasing undertaken in May. An inspection of the store found illegal tobacco concealed in a wall space, behind a cabinet that was released by an electromagnet.
Reported on Lancashire Evening Post – 12 July 2018
The owners of the Familijny Continental Food in Slough have been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £12,270 following the seizure of over 140 packs of cigarettes and tobacco.
Reported on Slough Express – 20 July 2018
In July, JTI assisted in 11 prosecutions.
Total reports amounted to:
- 30 incidents
- 22 prosecutions
- 8 seizures
JTI urge any retailer with information on the sale of illegal tobacco to contact the HMRC Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887, Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the 100% Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org