From: Scottish Local Retailer
A shopkeeper has had his tobacco display unit removed by a national tobacco company after being found guilty of selling illegal tobacco products.
Imperial Tobacco today announced that Ari Aziz Mohammed of UK Mini Market in Smethwick, near Birmingham, has had his tobacco display unit removed after being in breach of the conditions of his agreement with the company.
Peter Nelson, Imperial Tobacco Anti-Illicit Trade Manager, said: “This sends out a strong message to any retailer looking to profit from this illegal activity that there will be significant consequences if they are caught.
“Imperial Tobacco will not tolerate abuse of our tobacco units especially when they are used or associated with the peddling of illegal tobacco.
“Mr. Mohammed’s actions have threatened the livelihoods of other retailers in Smethwick and deprived the Government of much needed revenue.”
The company’s actions have been backed by Bob Charnley, the Trading Standards Manager for Sandwell Council.