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Blackburn shop owners fined £2k for fake cigarettes
TWO shop owners had to pay more than £2,000 between them for selling counterfeit or incorrectly labelled tobacco products.
Trading Standards teamed up with public protection and customs officials to visit a number of shops in Blackburn earlier this year.
They found Al Ameera Mini Market in King Street and Hamilton Street Grocers stocked cigarettes which did not contain the necessary EU health warnings, known as ‘cheap whites’, and products imported from abroad with health warnings in foreign languages.
The boss of Al Ameera, Farid Abdullah, was charged with three counts of possession for supply of tobacco products which did not comply with tobacco product regulations.
After pleading guilty at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court, he was fined £165 per offence with full costs of £600, a £20 victim surcharge – a total penalty of £1,115.
Liyakat Mulla, of Hamilton Street Grocers, was found stocking illegal tobacco products on November 14 last year, but as he had no history of offending, he was issued with a warning.
During a second visit on January 31, Mr Mulla was again found to be stocking counterfeit and incorrectly labelled tobacco products.
He was charged with five counts of possession for supply of counterfeit products and nine counts of possession for supply of tobacco products which did not comply with regulations.
He pleaded guilty and was fined £110 for the Trade Marks Act offence and £180 for the labelling offence with full costs of £684, a £25 victim surcharge – a total penalty of £999.
The court ordered the surrender and destruction of all illegal tobacco products found.