The owner of a shop in Wembley High Road has been fined and ordered to carry out community service for his second offence of selling banned oral tobacco products and cigarettes without adequate health warnings. Counterfeit Cigarette lighters with premiership football clubs logos were also found on the premises.
Mr Jaydeep Bharat Thakker (35) was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay costs of £557, and a victim surcharge of £85 by Willesden Magistrates Court on 25 October. The company Sangit Paan House Limited was fined £600 plus costs of £557 and a victim surcharge of £60.
The offences were possessing tobacco products that did not display the required health warnings and had been previously convicted for these offences by the same court on 13 October 2015. The illegal products were found and seized by Brent Council's Trading Standards Officers on 19 February this year.
Products seized included:
- 260 packs of Chaini Khaini oral tobacco
- 74 packets of cigarettes (20s)
- 67 Beedi's (various brands)
- 104 Chewing Tobacco packs
In addition to the seized items, the shop also failed to display a tobacco notice. During court proceedings Mr Thakkar claimed to be unaware that it was illegal to sell oral tobacco and believed that the warnings on the cigarettes was adequate.
Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Muhammed Butt, said:
"We want everyone who shops in Brent to be able to buy safe and correctly labelled products. We'll continue to crack down on business owners who put profits before the wellbeing of their customers.
"This business owner showed a blatant disregard for the law, having previously been convicted and is now paying the price for his actions. The sentence showed how seriously the court took this matter by giving Mr Thakker a community penalty. This is another good result from Brent's Trading Standards Team."