Published: Monday, 19th December 2022
Nurdan Tatlici, of Plumstead, has been sentenced to eight weeks in prison after being caught by the Council selling illegal and dangerous tobacco.
C&R Grocers was investigated by the Royal Borough of Greenwich as part of a sting operation to crack down on the illegal sale of tobacco using sniffer dogs, after complaints from residents.
Ms Tatlici’s case was heard on 30 November 2022 and she pleaded guilty to all charges. She has been sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment (suspended for 18 months) and fined £4,268 and further £128 for surcharges.
C&R Grocers has also been fined a total £7,000 for trademark offences and further £700 surcharge to be paid within 28 days.
Councillor Ann-Marie Cousins. Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement said “Ms Tatlici has seen her whole business go up in smoke, so to speak, because she refused to follow the letter of the law.
“We need to crack down on the illegal selling of counterfeit tobacco – they are dangerous and can be a serious fire hazard as they continue burning for longer in ashtrays.
“Everyone can make a real difference to help keep more illegal tobacco off the streets by reporting it.”
If you think someone is selling illegal tobacco, you can report it by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or via the online form at www.keep-it-out.co.uk."