Licences of two Doncaster stores to be reviewed following seizure of illegal nicotine products

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Doncaster Council is set to review the licences of two city convenience stores after both were found to be selling products that break regulations on multiple occasions.

Next Tuesday (4 June), the council’s Licensing Sub-Committee will determine an application from Trading Standards to review the licences of the two premises.

Both stores were found to be concealing illegal nicotine products during inspections by the organisation earlier this year, having already been issued prior warnings.

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In an inspection in January, several prohibited vapes were found at the premises of Stop and Shop at 15 East Laith Gate in Doncaster city centre.

Licences of two stores to be reviewed after seizure of illegal nicotine products.Licences of two stores to be reviewed after seizure of illegal nicotine products.
Licences of two stores to be reviewed after seizure of illegal nicotine products.

Some 548 oversized vapes were found on the premises and seized by inspectors.

Trading law dictates that a vape can only hold 2ml of liquid, around 600 puffs, in order to meet regulations.

The incident was one of several failed inspections, with illegal vapes having been found on the site twice prior and warnings issued.

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The licence of Beckett Road News in Wheatley is also set to be reviewed after inspectors seized illegal tobacco and vapes on several occasions.

During a visit in January, 267 packets of illegal cigarettes and 27 packs of hand rolling tobacco were found concealed stored within the walls and a refrigerator in the back of the premises.

The products were in branded packaging, breaking EU law, with many thought to be counterfeit and therefore likely to be unsafe for consumption.

As the products were concealed, inspectors ruled that the owner knew they were against regulations and was therefore deliberately disregarding the law.

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In previous visits, inspectors had also found and seized oversized vapes and a small quantity of wine which did not comply with labelling requirements.

The service also received an anonymous complaint claiming that the owner was selling illegal cigarettes and vapes to children in school uniform.

Inspectors applied for licence reviews for both stores after stating they have “no confidence” that the regulations will be adhered to going forward.

Councillors who are on the Licensing Sub-Committee will review the information given and consider whether to take action against the owners of each premises.