Fine for dodgy tobacco seller

Published: 24 October 2017

The owner of Grover Superstore is learning the consequences of selling illegal cigarettes after first losing his licence, then his shop gantry and now being convicted and fined.

Kuljeet Singh Grover, owner of Grover Store Ltd which operates the Grover Superstore on Canterbury Avenue was prosecuted by Slough Borough Council’s trading standards team for possession for sale of illegal tobacco and cigarettes.

He pleaded guilty at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Friday 20 October and was fined £306 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and council costs of £1,790.

In March 2017, following a tip off, trading standards raided Grover Superstore and, using a specially trained tobacco detection dog, found illegal tobacco and cigarettes hidden under the counter in sweet boxes.

The packets did not bear the required picture health warnings and the written warnings were not printed in English.

Councillor Arvind Dhaliwal, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “Smoking is expensive and deliberately so to discourage people from starting and encourage smokers to quit.

“Though there may be demand for cheap cigarettes, smuggled in from abroad, it is against the law to sell them and puts honourable and law-abiding shop owners at a disadvantage.

“Mr Grover has been cautioned twice before for similar offences; we can only hope that now he has lost his licence and been convicted and fined, he may have learned his lesson.

“This should serve as a warning to other shop owners; we are willing to take swift action against law breakers who are putting our residents at risk.”