Shops fined after sales of illicit tobacco packs

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A firm that ran two Polish shops has been fined £600 and ordered to pay £180 costs after it pleaded guilty to involvement in selling illicit tobacco products.

Wiejska Chata – which means Country Cottage – and sister shop Polski Sklep Pink, on New Hall Lane, admitted a total of four counts involving the sale of illicit tobacco products from under the counter, after being summonsed to Preston Magistrates Court.

Company director Dana Hassan, who did not appear for the sentencing, previously claimed illicit cigarettes sold from two of his shops belonged to “a Polish man” that owed members of his staff money.

Prosecuting for Lancashire Trading Standards, Nick McNamara said a Polish speaking volunteer, who visited both premises on October 2, had bought products that did not contain the necessary health labels.

The firm must pay a £60 victim surcharge.

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