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Bensham woman convicted of selling illegal cigarettes

Tobacco seized in raid

A Gateshead woman who was caught selling almost 12,000 illegal cigarettes from her home has been prosecuted.

Linda Jones of Arkwright Street in Bensham pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing tobacco with no UK duty marks and possession with intent to supply tobacco products with no statutory health warnings.

Earlier this year, police officers received intelligence that sales of illegal tobacco were taking place at her home and in April they accompanied Gateshead Council Trading Standards officers in executing an entry warrant on her property.

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Above: none of the cigarettes had the required health notices
The joint raid resulted in a search of the property during which 11,430 illegal cigarettes and 800g of hand rolling tobacco were uncovered. More than £2,000 in cash was also seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Last week, Linda Jones attended Gateshead Magistrates Court where she admitted the offences and was sentenced to a 12-month community order, 140 hours unpaid work and 20 hours of RAR - Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. She was also instructed to pay £375.20 in costs plus £21 victim surcharge.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"All smoking kills, but illegal tobacco helps make it easier for children to buy tobacco and keeps people hooked on an addiction that kills over 5,000 people in our region ever year. That's why it's important to crack down on illegal sales.

Report the sale on illegal tobacco"If you are aware of illegal tobacco being sold in your community, you can report it in complete confidence on the Keep It Out reporting line on (0300) 999 0000 or by contacting Gateshead Council Trading Standards either online or by phoning (0191) 433 3000."

Tobacco seized in raid
14 October 2019

A Gateshead woman who was caught selling almost 12,000 illegal cigarettes from her home has been prosecuted.

Linda Jones of Arkwright Street in Bensham pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing tobacco with no UK duty marks and possession with intent to supply tobacco products with no statutory health warnings.

Earlier this year, police officers received intelligence that sales of illegal tobacco were taking place at her home and in April they accompanied Gateshead Council Trading Standards officers in executing an entry warrant on her property.

Illegal Tobacco Bensham_02
Above: none of the cigarettes had the required health notices
The joint raid resulted in a search of the property during which 11,430 illegal cigarettes and 800g of hand rolling tobacco were uncovered. More than £2,000 in cash was also seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Last week, Linda Jones attended Gateshead Magistrates Court where she admitted the offences and was sentenced to a 12-month community order, 140 hours unpaid work and 20 hours of RAR - Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. She was also instructed to pay £375.20 in costs plus £21 victim surcharge.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"All smoking kills, but illegal tobacco helps make it easier for children to buy tobacco and keeps people hooked on an addiction that kills over 5,000 people in our region ever year. That's why it's important to crack down on illegal sales.

Report the sale on illegal tobacco"If you are aware of illegal tobacco being sold in your community, you can report it in complete confidence on the Keep It Out reporting line on (0300) 999 0000 or by contacting Gateshead Council Trading Standards either online or by phoning (0191) 433 3000."

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