A MAN who sold illegal cigarettes in Herefordshire has been fined by magistrates.

Najmadin Karim entered guilty pleas to charges of producing or supplying tobacco in breach of packaging regulations, producing or supplying a tobacco product not carrying a combined health warning, and selling goods with packing bearing a sign identical to or likely to be mistaken for a registered trademark when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford.


The court heard from the prosecutor that 47-year-old Karim had produced or supplied seven packets of Richmond cigarettes and one packet of Rothmans cigarettes that did not comply with regulations, in that the packaging was a colour other than those required in Ross-on-Wye between January 22 and March 13.

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The packages of cigarettes had also not carried a combined health warning, as required by the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016.

The court heard that Karim had also, without the consent of the trademark proprietor, sold seven packets of cigarettes which bore a sign identical to or likely to be mistaken for a registered trademark, namely Richmond.

Karim, of Conduit Street, Gloucester, was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £983.63 and a £34 victim surcharge.

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