A shop in East Wood, England, has had its license revoked for selling illegal tobacco and vapes. Law enforcement agencies seized a large quantity of illegal cigarettes and vapes during multiple searches and found that the store employed illegal foreign workers. The license holder lost management control, claiming that employees left to operate without permission.
According to the Rotherham advertiser, a shop in East Wood Fitzwilliam Road in Rotherham has had its business license revoked by Rotherham Council’s licensing sub-committee for hiding and selling illegal tobacco, cigarettes, and vaping.
On 21 Feb 2023, Rotherham City Trading Standards entered the store with a search warrant. During previous store inspections and purchases, they determined that they were selling fake tobacco. During the investigation, they found illegal tobacco and cigarettes in a toolbox behind the counter and also found that vapes on display in the store were also illegal goods. It was also discovered that the shop was controlled by people not authorized to work in the UK.
During the investigation, officers seized 3,569 illegal tobacco sticks, 43 packs of cigarettes, and two vapes. On Sep 7, 2023, the Trading Standards department and South Yorkshire Police inspected the store again and found that an employee should not work in the UK.
During the second raid, police seized 229 illegal vapes, 1,700 illegal cigarettes, and 16 packets of tobacco in a black travel bag and shopping bag behind the counter.
The store’s license holder said in an email that he had left the UK for a family emergency. He argued that the people who stayed to run the store used the store for “personal gains and losses and illegal matters.”
However, the report of the licensing unit shows that the license holder is completely powerless in terms of the management and control of the store. Although they have been advised accordingly, they continue to breach the license’s terms, conditions, and restrictions.