Preston shop owner fined and takeaway shut down in e-cig clampdown

Posted on - 6th May, 2024 - 8:53am | Author - | Posted in - Chorley News, Chorley town centre, Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston City Centre, Preston News
EN Newsagents
EN Newsagents

The owner of a Preston shop has been fined after an e-cig was sold to a girl wearing school uniform.

A test purchaser was sent into EN Newsagents on Orchard Street in the city centre. She was 14-years-old.

Arif Patel, company director at Euro News Ltd, trading as EN News, was sentenced for the sale and fined £250 and ordered him to pay £250 costs. The business, Euro News Ltd was ordered to pay £513 plus £355 in surcharge and costs.

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Elsewhere, Zaishan Jahanghir, the owner of Mr Zees takeaway on Chapel Street, Chorley pleaded guilty to four offences at Lancaster Magistrates court in December. He was caught on video encouraging a 13-year-old volunteer test purchaser to tell their friends that they were the ‘cheapest in town’ for vapes.

When Lancashire County Council’s trading standards officers visited, they found stocks of illicit vapes hidden in take away pizza boxes. The business also faced an offence for advertising e-cigarettes on Facebook.

Vapes inside a pizza box
Vapes inside a pizza box

Jahanghir was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months, 150 hours of unpaid work, 15 days rehabilitation activity, a £100 fine for selling an e-cigarette to a child and £150 breaching a suspended sentence for drink driving as well as prohibited from having three or more e-cigarettes in his possession at any one time.

Michael Green, cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing at Lancashire County Council, said: “Our Trading Standards officers are kept busy investigating complaints about illicit sales to young people. These cases show that continued criminality will eventually catch up with offenders.

“Not only was Mr Zees takeaway shut down for six months by the district council last year using anti-social behaviour legislation, this shop was causing problems selling vapes to young people alongside pizzas. This is completely unacceptable and had to be dealt with seriously.

“Our Trading Standards team will always take robust action against those who openly break the law.

“We encourage anyone who has concerns about the sale of any age-restricted products to report these to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service helpline on 0808 223 1133.”

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