‘Drink’ costs cobbler £2,700.

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Ilfracombe man fined £2,757 for selling foreign tobacco as a favour to a friend - who offered him a drink to help

An Ilfracombe man has been hit by fines totalling more than £2,700 by Trading Standards for selling foreign tobacco.

Alan Jackson, 63, who has owned Jackson’s Cobblers for 32 years, pleaded guilty to the charges and told North Devon Magistrates’ Court he was selling the 50-gram bags – which did not bear the necessary health warnings - as a favour to a friend after he had bought them on holiday for a fraction of their UK market value.

And his friend, who he knew only as ‘George’, had told Jackson that there ‘was a drink in it for him’ if he helped to sell the 120 bags of tobacco through the cobblers.

Jackson was also fined for not displaying a notice saying tobacco cannot be sold to under-18s.

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The fines, which were reduced due to Jackson’s early guilty plea, totalled £1,700, and after costs and a victim surcharge left him having to pay £2,757.

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