A man from Lancashire was caught on video encouraging a 13-year-old volunteer test purchaser to tell their friends that they were the 'cheapest in town' for vapes.

Lancashire County Council's Trading Standards Officers prosecuted two businesses for illegal e-cigarette sales to children.

Zaishan Jahanghir, the owner of Mr Zees takeaway on Chapel Street, Chorley, pleaded guilty to four offences at Lancaster Magistrates court in December.

During the visit, officers found stocks of illicit vapes hidden in take away pizza boxes. The business also faced an offence for advertising e-cigarettes on Facebook.

Councillor Michael Green, cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing said: "Our Trading Standards officers are kept busy investigating complaints about illicit sales to young people.

"These cases show that continued criminality will eventually catch up with offenders.

"Not only was Mr Zees takeaway shut down for six months by the district council last year using anti-social behaviour legislation, this shop was causing problems selling vapes to young people alongside pizzas.

"This is completely unacceptable and had to be dealt with seriously.

"Our Trading Standards team will always take robust action against those who openly break the law."

"We encourage anyone who has concerns about the sale of any age-restricted products to report these to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service helpline."
Jahanghir was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment suspended for 18 months, 150 hours of unpaid work, 15 days rehabilitation activity, and was given a £100 fine for selling an e-cigarette to a child.

He was also fined £150 for breaching a suspended sentence for drink driving, as well as prohibited from having three or more e-cigarettes in his possession at any one time.

Arif Patel, company director at Euro News Limited, trading as EN News on Orchard Street in Preston, was sentenced for the sale of an e-cigarette to a 14 year old girl dressed in school uniform.

Magistrates fined Patel £250 and ordered him to pay £250 costs. The business, Euro News Limited was ordered to pay £513 plus £355 in surcharge and costs.