UK ILLEGAL TOBACCO MARKET MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS: AUGUST 2018
The former owner of Omed Express in Scunthorpe has been ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work and pay fines and costs totalling over £900. This follows a raid by Trading Standards in November 2017, where 26,000 cigarettes and 5kg of RYO was seized.
Reported on Grimsby Telegraph – 22 August 2018
Two traders have been found guilty of selling illegal tobacco at Arian News in Grimsby. Over 30,000 cigarettes and 10kg of RYO was found at the store in June 2017. Between them, a suspended sentence was ordered and a fine of over £300.
Reported on Grimsby Telegraph – 15 August 2018
A shop worker who sold counterfeit illegal tobacco at International Food Store in Great Yarmouth has been ordered to pay back over £14,000 through a confiscation order.
Reported on edp24.co.uk – 06 August 2018
Polski Sklep N1 in West Bromwich – which used a dummy electrical fuse box to hide illegal cigarettes worth £7,000 has had it licence to sell alcohol revoked. Over 14,000 illegal cigarettes and 380 grams of tobacco was seized in September 2017.
Reported on Birmingham Live – 10 August 2018
The International Supermarket in Banbury is currently under review after district council officers seized illegal tobacco in a sting operation. Over 8,600 cigarettes were seized across two raids in October 2017 and March 2018.
Reported on Oxford Mail – 16 August 2018
In August, JTI assisted in 14 prosecutions.
Total reports amounted to:
- 33 incidents
- 31 prosecutions
- 2 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