UK ILLEGAL TOBACCO MARKET MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS: APRIL 2018
A shopkeeper who ran Shreeji News in Leicester has been given a suspended jail sentence after he was caught with more than 50,000 cigarettes and 63kg of hand rolling tobacco. He had been warned previously for selling NUKDP alcohol at his shop.
Reported on Leicester Mercury– 1 May 2018
The former owner of Smiths Convenience Store in Scunthorpe has been sentenced to a 12 month community order with the requirement to complete 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £610 costs and £85 victim surcharge, following the seizure of 892 packs of cigarettes and 6.25kg of rolling tobacco in August 2017.
Reported on Scunthorpe Telegraph – 6 April 2018
Balraj Singh Takhar, the owner of The Winestore in Blackhall Colliery, has been fined £2,155 after a stash of counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes was discovered under the floorboards of his shop. More than 5,000 cigarettes and almost 1.5kg of rolling tobacco were found during a routine inspection in August 2017.
Reported on The Northern Echo – 17 April 2018
Freshpol, a European supermarket in Kettering, is facing a licensing review after repeated instances of illegal tobacco sales. Over the course of two raids, over 3,700 packets of illegal cigarettes were seized, 2,500 of which were counterfeit.
Reported on Northamptonshire Telegraph – 6 April 2018
The owners of Maistas & Gerimai in Greenwich have been fined £7,550 following the seizure of almost 3,000 illicit cigarettes.
Reported on Royal Greenwich – 24 April 2018
In April, JTI assisted in 10 prosecutions.
Total reports amounted to:
– 18 incidents
– 14 prosecutions
– 4 seizures