Second illegal haul found at town shop

An Eastwood shop has been caught selling illegal cigarettes for the second time in three months.

Nearly 2,000 counterfeit and 160 non-duty paid cigarettes were found along with 4.3kg of counterfeit rolling tobacco, despite the shop being busted back in May.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s community safety committee said being caught a second time by Trading Standards will be looked on ‘dimly’ by Magistrates in court.

Cllr Glynn Gilfoyle, chairman of the committee, said: “It is disappointing that counterfeit and untaxed tobacco products have been found at this shop twice and we believe the courts will take a dim view on this latest find.”

Trading Standards officers made a return inspection this month following a tip off from a member of the public.

In May, the shop was one of ten raided Nottinghamshire-wide.

Back then almost 5,000 illegal cigarettes and 1.3kg of rolling tobacco were found and trading standards officers branded the shopkeeper ‘unscrupulous’.

Brand holders have examined the latest haul and have confirmed they are counterfeit copies of the genuine brands. Further investigation will follow.

Cllr Gilfoyle said: “Illegal tobacco products are potentially more harmful to health, deprive legitimate traders of trade and reduce tax revenue for vital public services.

“We are committed to clamping down on traders found selling or in possession of counterfeit tobacco products.”

Anyone with information about people selling counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes in their area should call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06. People can also ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.uk