Fined: Wembley shop that sold illegal cigarettes

Food 4 Less is in Preston Road (Pic: Google)

Food 4 Less is in Preston Road (Pic: Google) - Credit: Archant

A shop in Wembley and its company director have been fined for selling cigarettes without displaying the correct health warning.

‘Food 4 Less’ on Preston Road, was ordered to pay a total of £3,729 and Ancuta Solovastru £170 after officers from Brent Council’s trading standards team seized 466 illegal packets of cigarettes from its premises.

The packets failed to display the proper health warnings in English, which is a criminal offence in the UK.

Cllr James Denselow, Brent Council’s cabinet member for trading standards, said:

“This is another successful seizure of illegal tobacco in the borough that has resulted in a criminal conviction.

“Selling tobacco without the proper health warnings, as required by law, is a criminal activity that severely damages the local economy here in Brent, as traders selling these products gain a competitive advantage over legitimate traders and hard working businesses.”