Crowborough man fined for illegal tobacco sales

A man has been caught selling illegal tobacco from a market stall.

Richard Milham from Crowborough, pleaded guilty to the possession and supply of illegal tobacco at Hastings Magistrates Court.

He was caught with £730 worth of rolling tobacco and cigarettes during an inspection by East Sussex Trading Standards at Hailsham Market.

Trading Standards were following up on a tip off from a member of the public.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £161 and £571 costs. A destruction order was made for the tobacco which was not in the standardised packaging required in the UK and had not had tax duty paid upon it.

Anyone with information about illegal tobacco sales is urged to report it by calling the illegal tobacco helpline on 0300 999 6999 or online at www.stop-illegal-tobacco.co.uk