Three Boston shops hit with closure orders after illegal activity
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Premises in Boston that have been supplying counterfeit, unsafe, non-duty paid cigarettes, have been ordered to close for three months.
On 20 June 2023, Lincolnshire Trading Standards applied for Closure Orders in respect of four premises trading in Boston. Closure Orders were granted by the Magistrates in respect of:
Market AZADI, 17 West Street, Boston
Bucharest, 95 West St, Boston
Europlus, 30 West St, Boston.
This operation was led by trading standards with support of Lincolnshire Police.
A Closure Order for a fourth premises, Sophia, 7 Horncastle Road, Boston has been adjourned for two weeks to allow the closure to be contested, although the Magistrates did order that the premises remain closed in the interim.
Andy Wright from Lincolnshire Trading Standards, said:
“We applied for these orders based on evidence that criminal activity was taking place on the premises. The Magistrates granted the orders for the maximum period allowed by the law - three months. However the option of extending that by a further 3 months will be considered in future if necessary.
Trading Standards officers, assisted by Lincolnshire Police, visited the premises on 19 June 2023, where large quantities of illegal, child-appealing vapes were also found and seized.
The majority of these closures took place in areas of concern to members of the public where they feel ‘at risk’. Trading Standards and the police are listening to the concerns of residents and this is one example of steps being taken to make Boston a more secure place to live.
Inspector Colin Clarkson from Lincolnshire Police said:
“It’s important that we take joint action to stop businesses trading illegally. Criminal activity will not be accepted and attracts undesirable elements into the centre of Boston. We’ll continue to work with Lincolnshire Trading Standards to protect the public from dangerous products.”