Rotherham shop owner guilty of selling illegal tobacco products

The Eastern European Mini Market, formerly known as Abbey Stop Shop, owned by Mr Kadir
The Eastern European Mini Market, formerly known as Abbey Stop Shop, owned by Mr Kadir

By Fionnula Hainey and Hannah Mullane

The owner of Rotherham’s Eastern European Mini Market on Abbeydale Road has been ordered to do 150 hours of community service and pay £460 for selling illegal tobacco products for the second time.

Mr Osman Kadir, of St Anns Road, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to selling illegal tobacco products in January this year and was fined £300.

A few weeks later, Sheffield Trading Standards carried out a follow up inspection and found that he was again selling counterfeit products.

Last month Mr Kadir was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid community service and was ordered to pay a total of £460 in costs.

The seized goods included 3560 counterfeit cigarettes and five 50g packets of counterfeit hand rolling tobacco. Magistrates ordered the products to be destroyed.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment at Sheffield City Council  said: “We are very concerned about the sale of cheap and illicit tobacco and work hard to reduce availability, supply and demand. Mr Kadir did not learn from his previous offence and continued to present a risk to the community. It is fitting that he will now serve the community with 150 hours of his time.

“I sincerely hope that this will be the last time we see Mr Kadir in court and that this sends a clear message to others that we will not tolerate this illegal activity.”

People can report concerns about the sale of illicit tobacco or underage sales to the national trading standards advice line on 03454 040506.