Illicit sales lead to fine

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A trader who had been warned about selling illegal tobacco products has found himself £780 out of pocket after continuing to supply it at his shop three months later.

Sirwan Darkala, 28, who is proprietor of the Nasza Biedronka mini market on New Hall Lane, Preston, was prosecuted by Lancashire Trading Standards over the supply of illicit tobacco products on three occasions in October and November 2013.

Preston Magistrates Court heard in one case, a Polish-speaking test purchaser, Michal Nurek, was advised to “hide” the illegal L&M branded cigarettes before leaving the shop.


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