19 September 2017

A Sheffield shopkeeper and her husband have been fined a total of £750 and £2260 in costs for selling illicit and counterfeit cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco in their Sheffield shop.

 Mrs Jolanta Sidorwicz and her husband Mr Boguslaw Sidorowicz, both of Waterfield Mews, Sheffield, pleaded guilty at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, to a breach of the Trade Marks Act 1994, which related to the sale of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco and to a health warning offence for selling goods that do not carry the correct UK health warning. Both the tobacco and cigarettes carried health warnings in a foreign language an obvious indication of illegality.

Mrs Sidorwicz, 52, who owns PES Deli, on London Road, was fined £250 for each offence, a total of £500, a £30 surcharge and ordered to pay costs of £1100.

Her husband Boguslaw Sidorowicz was fined £250, a £30 surcharge and required to pay £1100 in legal costs.

Mrs Sidorwicz has been prosecuted by Trading Standards in the past for similar offences.

The prosecution followed a visit by trading standard officers to her shop on 26 July 2016. Some 100g of hand rolling tobacco and nearly 800 cigarettes were found in the shop. Officers also found illicit tobacco in a vehicle owned by Mrs Sidorowicz parked nearby. Nearly 8,000 cigarettes, and 1.3kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized from the vehicle.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “The illicit tobacco trade is not a victimless crime.

“It enables children to start smoking because of the cheap prices. It also helps fund organised crime. The sale of illegal tobacco costs the country at least £2billion in lost tax payments.

“Our trading standards team works closely with the police, HMRC and other agencies to tackle the problem.”

The court agreed to the confiscation of the tobacco and cigarettes sold in the shop.