Wigan trader fined £2,000 after undercover op

A Wigan shop owner has been fined for a second time after selling e-cigarette liquids to a 16-year-old during a council sting.

Monday, 21st August 2017, 10:51 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:05 pm

Barry Russel Gottlieb, who owns e-cig shop, Traders Corner on Mesnes Street, was ordered to pay £2,134 by Wigan magistrates.

Gottlieb was found guilty of selling a nicotine inhaling product to a person aged under 18, the second time he has been caught for the offence.

In 2016 the shop owner was slapped with an £800 fine for the same charge, and despite receiving advice from Wigan Council’s trading standards team, there have been continuous allegations of underage sales from the shop.

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The team were able to prosecute Gottlieb after getting help from an underage volunteer who went in to make the purchase.

Coun Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment, said: “We will always support and advise businesses in the first instance and it is disappointing that, despite receiving a number of advice visits from Trading Standards, Mr Gottlieb sold e-liquids to our young volunteer.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and take robust enforcement action should we receive further complaints.

“We would encourage all retailers of e-liquids to be vigilant and responsible. Ask for proof of age from anyone who looks under 25.

“Businesses should also regularly use a refusals register when individuals attempt to buy e-liquids to record the event.”

Following a change in the law in October 2015 it is now illegal to sell nicotine inhaling products to under 18s.