Face­book cig­a­rette seller given com­mu­nity ser­vice

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

A Peter­bor­ough man has been or­dered to carry out com­mu­nity ser­vice after be­ing caught selling il­licit cig­a­rettes on Face­book.

Kar­wan Salim Ahamed (29) of Loire Court, Peter­bor­ough, had been us­ing fake Face­book pro­files to sell coun­ter­feit and il­le­gal cig­a­rettes, mainly on the groups around Lin­colnshire, in­clud­ing in Spald­ing, Bos­ton and Sleaford.

He was caught fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Lin­colnshire Trad­ing Stan­dards - and while he de­nied the of­fences, he was con­victed after a trial at Lin­coln Mag­is­trates’ Court.

Ahamed was given a 12 month com­mu­nity or­der to carry out 200 hours of un­paid work. He was also or­dered to pay £5,000 costs within 28 days.

Joanne Hock­ing, se­nior trad­ing stan­dards of­fi­cer at Lin­colnshire County Coun­cil, com­mented: “We, along with our col­leagues across the coun­try, are con­tin­u­ally mon­i­tor­ing so­cial me­dia sites and will take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion against any­one that of­fers such items for sale.

Brands such as NZ Gold and Minsk do not meet the stan­dard­ised pack­ing re­quire­ments as they are usu­ally la­belled in a for­eign lan­guage and do not carry the com­pul­sory health warn­ings.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, they fail the ig­ni­tion propen­sity test which means they do not self-ex­tin­guish if left unat­tended. These brands aren’t made in con­ven­tional ways, have no checks or qual­ity stan­dards.

“If you see such brands for sale you can re­port this to us via Cit­i­zen’s Ad­vice Con­sumer Helpline on 03454 040506 or to Crimestop­pers.”

Cig­a­rettes Ahamed was selling

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