Illegal cigarette haul found in Lowton house
11:06am Monday 14th October 2013 in NW
Wigan Council Trading Standards officers found 45,880 cigarettes (2294 packs) and 22.75 kg (455 packs) of hand-rolled tobacco in the garage of a house on Church Lane in September.
Council officials got a tip-off from a member of the public that Jack Winrow, aged 71, was selling illegal tobacco and alcohol at a bingo hall. He was given a community order with a six month curfew between the hours of 8pm and 7am plus a fine of £1,200.
Clr Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council cabinet member for environment, said: “We take this kind of criminal activity extremely seriously. The people making money out of this do not care who they sell to. Children and young smokers are often targeted by people who sell cigarettes illegally, getting them hooked on smoking.
“The sale of illegal cigarettes and tobacco undermines local communities, as law-abiding shopkeepers who pay their taxes simply cannot compete. It also robs the taxpayer of money that could be spent on schools and hospitals. I can understand the temptation to buy cheap cigarettes but I would urge everyone to see the bigger picture before they do so.”
If you have information about illegal cigarette sales contact Wigan Trading Standards in confidence on 01942 827476 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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