Illegal tobacco campaign backed by county’s Commissioner

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Coun Marc Jones.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Coun Marc Jones.
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A crackdown on illegal tobacco sales in Spalding and across Lincolnshire has been backed by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Coun Marc Jones.

Just days after Saman Ahmad Mahmood was handed a three-month suspended prison sentence for having illegal cigarettes at an off-licence in Spalding, Coun Jones has backed a renewed appeal for information about the crime.

Coun Jones said: “This conviction is great news for the residents of Lincolnshire and Spalding in particular.

“It really goes to show the commitment of Lincolnshire Police to tackling the illegal and often dangerous menace of illegal and/or fake alcohol and tobacco products on our streets.”

The appeal came from Lincolnshire County Council’s business and public protection manager Ian Newell who said: “Brands such as Jin Ling, Pect, Fest and Richman are being sold in the county and cracking down on these illicit cigarettes continues to be a priority for us.

“We are continuing to work with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, and Lincolnshire Police, as these brands of cigarettes are particularly dangerous because they do not go out when not actively being smoked.

Cracking down on these illicit cigarettes continues to be a priority for us and we are continuing to work with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, and Lincolnshire Police

Ian Newell, Business and Public Protection Manager, Lincolnshire County Council

“We are urging residents to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if they have seen or suspect anyone of selling illegal cigarettes.”