Shopkeeper in Northampton fined over 356 packs of illicit tobacco

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A trader has been fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs after admitting selling cigarettes and tobacco at his shop that did not carry the correct safety warnings.

Hawar Ramo, of Baltika Supermarket in Kettering Road, Northampton, pleaded guilty before town magistrates this morning.

The charge, under Tobacco Products regulations and the Consumer Protection Act, related to 356 packs of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco that were seized on October 10, 2013.

On top of the fine Ramo was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,525.90 and a £120 victim surcharge. He also voluntarily surrendered all the tobacco seized from his premises.

Ramo had signed an undertaking not to supply or possess for supply such tobacco in December 2012.