East Lancashire man had £16k haul of illegal tobacco

A MAN found with a £16,000 haul of illegal tobacco products at his home has been sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work.

Stephen Fossey, 44, of Foxhill Drive, Whitewell Bottom, had more than 200 packets of Jin Ling cigarettes among the stash.

The cigarettes, which would sell at about half the price of genuine ones, were said to be produced in Eastern Europe, especially for the black market, and there were ‘absolutely no controls’ over what went into making them, or the levels of harmful substances they might contain.

The defendant admitted two counts of failing to comply with requirements of regulations when supplying a tobacco product, on March 29, and one allegation of possessing goods with a false trade mark on May 30.

Fossey was also given a community order, and ordered to pay £750 costs when he was sentenced at Burnley Magistrates’ Court.

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9:53pm Fri 16 Nov 12

ste.g says...

16 grand forr 100 hours work....where can i get them
16 grand forr 100 hours work....where can i get them ste.g

11:32pm Fri 16 Nov 12

stanley crowther says...

so crime does pay then
so crime does pay then stanley crowther

11:42pm Fri 16 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

So goOd peole of lancs let's all work and pay into NHS with our taxes so that gutter rats and scum can smoke themselves to death ( :-) ) with there non tax fags.
I us the muggs will pay for them.
With any luck when they peg it it will be before they have had chance to leach off the NHS .
So goOd peole of lancs let's all work and pay into NHS with our taxes so that gutter rats and scum can smoke themselves to death ( :-) ) with there non tax fags. I us the muggs will pay for them. With any luck when they peg it it will be before they have had chance to leach off the NHS . 2 for 5p

10:25am Sat 17 Nov 12

Siouxsie-Jan says...

Did you skive English lessons or should we be spending more on education?
Did you skive English lessons or should we be spending more on education? Siouxsie-Jan

12:58pm Sat 17 Nov 12

woolywords says...

Siouxsie-Jan wrote:
Did you skive English lessons or should we be spending more on education?
Actually, if people had not evaded the taxation upon cigarettes, 2 for 5p's standard of education would have been much higher. You cannot fault the outcome, when the root of the problem is to blame.
Thus it could be said that, if people smoked, drinked and drove more, our children would be better educated.
[quote][p][bold]Siouxsie-Jan[/bold] wrote: Did you skive English lessons or should we be spending more on education?[/p][/quote]Actually, if people had not evaded the taxation upon cigarettes, 2 for 5p's standard of education would have been much higher. You cannot fault the outcome, when the root of the problem is to blame. Thus it could be said that, if people smoked, drinked and drove more, our children would be better educated. woolywords

5:01pm Sat 17 Nov 12

peely says...

The majority of the people who buy these cigs will also be the ones contributing nothing in taxes either, plus as time goes on will be a drain on the limited resources of the NHS. It's a never ending circle !
The majority of the people who buy these cigs will also be the ones contributing nothing in taxes either, plus as time goes on will be a drain on the limited resources of the NHS. It's a never ending circle ! peely

5:40pm Sat 17 Nov 12

BuckoTheMoose says...

2 for 5p and Peely - Smokers have already paid for thier healthcare by way of National Insurance.

You bleat on about being a drain on the NHS (Not true) but I bet you wouldn't agree to allow us to stop paying NI and get private healthcare instead.
2 for 5p and Peely - Smokers have already paid for thier healthcare by way of National Insurance. You bleat on about being a drain on the NHS (Not true) but I bet you wouldn't agree to allow us to stop paying NI and get private healthcare instead. BuckoTheMoose

8:50pm Sun 18 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
2 for 5p and Peely - Smokers have already paid for thier healthcare by way of National Insurance.

You bleat on about being a drain on the NHS (Not true) but I bet you wouldn't agree to allow us to stop paying NI and get private healthcare instead.
Oh yes i would It would be so funny seeing a 20 or a 40 a day looser getting a health insurance quote, talk about making your eyes water . :-)
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: 2 for 5p and Peely - Smokers have already paid for thier healthcare by way of National Insurance. You bleat on about being a drain on the NHS (Not true) but I bet you wouldn't agree to allow us to stop paying NI and get private healthcare instead.[/p][/quote]Oh yes i would It would be so funny seeing a 20 or a 40 a day looser getting a health insurance quote, talk about making your eyes water . :-) 2 for 5p

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