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When trading standards finally caught up with the dodgy retailer, they discovered that he stocked almost no legitimate tobacco on the gantry, and seized 555 packs of cigarettes and 10.5kg of handrolling tobacco – worth a total of £7,600.
Despite the damage his crimes have had on fellow retailers’ livelihoods – as well as the community he is supposed to serve – Poore received just 120 hours of community service
and a £5,400 fine.
Alexander West, prosecuting, said: “We must deter others in the community from following his path. Legitimate traders are missing out and it is a matter of great importance to the local trading community.”
The magistrate condemned Poore’s behaviour by highlighting his disregard for the community he serves.
“You were selling to vulnerable people on low incomes and children,” she said. “Above all, you were warned by trading standards but still dealt counterfeit products.”