UK illegal tobacco media highlights: September 2017

London Trading Standards


The owner of Barking Paan Shop has been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling almost £4,500 following the seizure of 240 illicit tobacco products from the store in November 2016. The haul included counterfeit cigarettes, blocks of chewing tobacco and snuff products, none of which were labelled with mandatory health warnings.


Reported on London Trading Standards(2 September 2017)




A shopkeeper has been fined £800 after being caught on two occasions with illegal cigarettes. A total of 11,000 illicit cigarettes were found at his store International Foods in Lincoln in September 2016 and January 2017.


Reported on

(16 September 2017)



A retailer in Haverhill has been handed a 12-week suspended sentence and ordered to pay costs and fines of over £2,500 after illicit tobacco was repeatedly seized from the store. Suffolk Trading Standards made four visits to PRL Express between June and December 2016.

Reported on (29 September 2017)



Two employees of European Foods in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, have been given suspended sentences after illegal tobacco was found at the store during a raid in May 2016. 700 illicit cigarettes and 600g of rolling tobacco were recovered. This was the third raid of the store in a six month period, with counterfeit tobacco on sale each time.


Reported on Lincolnshire Live

(16 September 2017)


 Coventry City Council

The shopkeeper at Albaraka Market in Coventry has been ordered to pay £2,900 in fines and undertake 100 hours of unpaid work after illegal tobacco was found at the store in October 2013. The man avoided arrest for three years, but was found in 2016.


Reported on Coventry City Council (13 September 2017)








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