Store manager sold illicit cigarettes for ‘extra cash’

Preston Magistrates court

Preston Magistrates court

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A shop manager has admitted selling illicit tobacco products behind his employer’s back.

Jabran Saghir, 20, was working at the K&A News shop on Lancaster Road in Preston when he was caught red handed with several packets in his pockets and others hidden in boxes and under shelves.

Preston magistrates have fined Saghir, who gave his address as Blackley New Road, Manchester, £80, and ordered him to pay a £150 court charge, £100 costs and a £20 surcharge.

Prosecuting for Lancashire Trading Standards, Claire Box said: “On April 13 a Trading Standards volunteer entered the shop and asked the man behind the counter for two packets of L&M cigarettes, a known illicit brand. He was told to come back another time as he was out of stock but would be getting more in.

“Three days later Trading Standards officers attended the premises to carry out a routine inspection and found 100 packets of illicit cigarettes and tobacco, which were seized.”

Mr Saghir was interviewed and said that he was the store manager, the court heard.

He admitted that the tobacco items seized were his and he had been selling them in the shop for about a month. He said that he had been doing it behind his employer’s back in order to make extra money.