Fined: Willesden shopkeeper who sold illegal tobacco products
PUBLISHED: 12:06 10 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:06 10 May 2016
The owner of a convenience shop in Willesden has been fined for selling illegal tobacco products.
Ketan Patel was caught selling the goods without the correct health warnings at Premier Food and Wine in Dudden Hill Lane.
Willesden Magistrates’ Court heard the 37-year-old also failed to display tobacco products for sale in an enclosed cabinet as required by law.
Officers from Brent Trading Standards confiscated 128 packs of blunts cigars, 80 pouches of hand rolling tobacco and 57 packets of cigarettes, all without the mandatory health warnings in English.
Last week the shopkeeper, who lives in South Ruislip was fined £1,600 and ordered to pay costs of £1,081 for the offences.
Cllr James Denselow, Brent Council’s cabinet member for stronger communities, said: “Selling illegal tobacco products which don’t carry the proper health warnings is not just irresponsible, but it could also be dangerous. We want good, honest traders here in Brent and will not tolerate the small minority that try to avoid following the rules.