Tackling illicit trade

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IMPERIAL Tobacco has removed the gantry from a store in Salford after a retailer was convicted for possession of counterfeit tobacco.

The raid of Pendlebury News by local Trading Standards officers has also resulted in the retailer being ordered to pay more than £3,000 of costs.

James Hall, anti-illicit trade manager at Imperial Tobacco UK said: “We are fully supportive of law enforcement agencies in their endeavour to demonstrate that illicit tobacco trade will not be tolerated. It is disruptive to both retailers and its wider community.

“We applaud Salford Trading Standards for securing this particular conviction.”