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Illegal cigarettes fines too small, says Spalding trader




Salar Ekhbal Azizie, manager of the Nasza Biedronka store in Sheep Market, Spalding, has been fined a total of nearly �2,600 by Lincoln magistrates after he was found guilty of having illegal cigarettes in his possession.Photo supplied.
Salar Ekhbal Azizie, manager of the Nasza Biedronka store in Sheep Market, Spalding, has been fined a total of nearly �2,600 by Lincoln magistrates after he was found guilty of having illegal cigarettes in his possession.Photo supplied.

A Spalding shopkeeper rocked by four burglaries in as many months has slammed the sentence given to a town store manager for possessing illegal cigarettes.

Asgar Vanparekh, co-owner of Classic News in Sheep Market, called for “bigger penalties” after Salar Ekhbal Azizie, manager of Nasza Biendronka, also in Sheep Market, was told to pay a total of nearly £2,600 by Lincoln magistrates last month.

Asgar Vanparekh, co-owner of Classic News in Sheep Market, called for 'bigger penalties' after the manager of the Nasza Biendronka store, also in Sheep Market, was told to pay a total of nearly �2,600 by Lincoln magistrates.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG030615-105TW.
Asgar Vanparekh, co-owner of Classic News in Sheep Market, called for 'bigger penalties' after the manager of the Nasza Biendronka store, also in Sheep Market, was told to pay a total of nearly �2,600 by Lincoln magistrates.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG030615-105TW.

Azizie, of Russell Street, Loughborough, was convicted of four charges relating to possessing 3,640 illegal ciagrettes and tobacco “with a view to gain for yourself or another, or with intent to cause loss to another” after a trial on January 23.


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