1st July 2024

Bolton TS shutters illicit shop

A shop which sold illegal tobacco and cigarettes has been slapped with a three-month Closure Order.

By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team

Following a lengthy investigation, Bolton Council Trading Standards has secured a Closure Order against a local shop which repeatedly sold illegal tobacco and cigarettes.

At Bolton Magistrates Court on 14 June the three-month Closure Order was granted against Sarbast Hussein, owner of Ranya Market in Farnworth, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Between May 2023 and May 2024, Bolton Trading Standards carried out seven raids of the premises. In total, counterfeit and non-compliant tobacco and cigarettes with a street value of around £16,000 were recovered during the raids.

The illegal goods were found concealed in walls and shelving, with false panelling acting as a sliding door. Counterfeit tobacco was also found hidden in a microwave.

Garry Parker, Bolton Council’s Assistant Director of Environment and Regulatory Services, said: “As part of our commitment to tackling the sale of illegal tobacco and cigarettes, we very much welcome this Closure Order.

“Closure Orders are notoriously difficult to obtain and require extensive investigative work and evidence gathering which the team have worked tirelessly to obtain.

“We hope this will send out a very strong message that the sale of illegal tobacco and cigarettes pose a danger to public health and will not be tolerated.

“Thank you to the wider community for their support in reporting these incidents and we hope this action offers some reassurance to people that will take action to keep these illegal products off our streets.”

One response to “Bolton TS shutters illicit shop”

  1. Mike Dermody says:

    Well done to the team at Bolton

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