Market trader sold smuggled cigarettes

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A market trader has been found guilty of selling smuggled cigarettes, Lincoln Magistrates’ Court has heard.

Andrew Morley, who ran a stall at Hemswell Market, was found guilty of offences for dealing in non-English labelled tobacco and cigarettes without the pictorial warnings.

Morley, 50, of Baldwin Avenue, Scunthorpe, has been ordered to pay fines and costs of £550 and had his foreign tobacco and cigarettes seized.

The illegal goods were discovered during a market inspection carried out by Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police.

Morley pleaded guilty to all offences and said he had given up smoking and wanted to sell his unwanted cigarettes and tobacco.

Lincolnshire County Council trading standards officer Emma Milligan said: “Many nationalities visit Hemswell market and picture health warnings would be appropriate and effective for all of them.

“We’re here to help markets and their traders to follow their obligations. But when they don’t, our crackdown will continue to protect consumers from them.”

Morley was charged with an offence under the Tobacco Products Regulations 2002.