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Three months jail for illegal tobacco seller

The only person in Scotland to receive a Court Order banning him from selling tobacco products has been jailed – after again being convicted of illegal tobacco sales at Ayr Sunday Market in South Ayrshire.
John Scullion (51) from Wilson Street in Ayr, was sentenced to three months in prison, at Ayr Sheriff Court yesterday (17 April 2013) for his continued involvement in illegal tobacco sales, having already been prosecuted by South Ayrshire Council last year.
On that occasion, Mr Scullion, was found guilty and fined £630.
Previously, the Council had also been granted a Tobacco Retailing Banning Order against Mr Scullion for his involvement in the supply and sale of illicit tobacco in South Ayrshire – a Scottish first under new Government legislation.
Councillor John McDowall who has responsibility for Trading Standards issues, commented: “We’re absolutely committed to stubbing out illegal tobacco sales in South Ayrshire and trust this prison sentence will act as a significant deterrent to anyone involved in selling, or supplying, illegal tobacco.
“We all know that tobacco is not good for your health and illegal sellers of tobacco cause a particular concern as there is no way of ensuring that the product complies with the law which aims to protect people’s health. 
“The sale of illicit products including tobacco also threatens the livelihood of law abiding South Ayrshire traders, who work very hard to make a living, pay taxes and provide jobs.” 
Councillor McDowall added: “People who flout the law and portray South Ayrshire in a bad light through criminal activities will, as this case demonstrates, be held to account for their actions – and I would urge anyone who has information on the sale of illegal tobacco or cigarettes in their area to contact us or the Police.
South Ayrshire Council can be contacted in confidence on 0300 123 0900 or by anonymously using the ‘Report it – More Options’ form on the Council’s website at
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DATE: 18 April 2013