Suspended prison sentence for man who sold illegal tobacco in Grantham

Illegal cigarettes and tobacco. EMN-150904-103423001

Illegal cigarettes and tobacco. EMN-150904-103423001

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A Grantham man has been handed a suspended prison sentence for selling illegal tobacco from his home.

Kevin Mills, 49, of Stirling Court, was prosecuted by Lincolnshire Trading Standards for selling and storing illicit tobacco products from his home.

Mills was charged with one count of evading paying tax duties on tobacco products, one count of possessing dangerous goods for supply and six counts of possessing tobacco products which omitted statutory health warnings.

Appearing in Grantham Magistrates Court on September 24, he pleaded guilty to all charges. He was handed a two months custodial sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay legal costs of £100 plus a victim surcharge of £80. The Court also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the goods seized.

Tara Carter, senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Together with Lincolnshire Police, we raided the property in January 2015 and seized 2,300 cigarettes and 5.25kg of hand rolling tobacco.

“The seized cigarettes did not display the health and safety warnings or UK Duty Paid labels. Furthermore, a sample of the ‘capital’ branded cigarettes found in Mr Mills’ house was sent for analysis – they did not self-extinguish, so therefore did not meet UK safety standards.”

She added: “We welcome this prosecution and we are determined to put a stop to illegal tobacco being supplied and sold here in Lincolnshire.

“We would encourage anyone who sees illegal fags being sold in Lincolnshire to report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”