More

    Norfolk c-store ordered to close over underage vape sales

    iStock image

    A shop that police said may have sold illegal vapes to children as young as 11 has been ordered to close.

    Norfolk Constabulary said The Green Shop in Dereham was selling vapes containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), illicit tobacco and also nitrous oxide canisters. The force claimed it was the first closure ruling from the courts for a shop selling illegal vapes in Norfolk.

    Norwich Magistrates’ Court granted the three-month closure order this week.

    The property was visited four times over a seven-month period by Norfolk Trading Standards and police, Norfolk Constabulary said. Police say thousands of illegal vapes, tobacco, cigarettes, nitrous oxide canisters and THC rolls were seized. The shop also sold strong alcohol while not holding a valid licence to sell any, the force added.

    Officers said a man aged in his 20s was arrested after Class C drugs were seized at the address, and on another occasion, police said they discovered a large compartment concealed under the floor filled with illegal products.

    Children as young as 11 were sold vapes at the shop, stated reports.

    PC Natalie Cooper said: “The anti-social behaviour attracted by this shop has had a significant negative impact on the local community, and by getting this closure order granted we are able to give some respite to people living in Dereham.”

    Norfolk County Council’s Conservative cabinet member for communities and partnerships, Margaret Dewsbury, said: “Illegal vapes, such as those seized during these visits, pose a public health risk because they often have excessively high levels of nicotine which are over the legal limits, making them highly addictive and harmful to health.”

    Latest

    Unitas offers centrally-negotiated rates on overhead purchases

    Buying group Unitas is leveraging its position as the...

    Cigarettes may cost ‘£16’ soon

    Brits might be be forced to shell out more...

    BP pilots new food to go offer

    BP has announced the pilot of a new and...

    Exclusive: Decades-old c-store makes freshly-made food its USP

    In this rapidly changing world with where the meanings...

    Don't miss

    Unitas offers centrally-negotiated rates on overhead purchases

    Buying group Unitas is leveraging its position as the...

    Cigarettes may cost ‘£16’ soon

    Brits might be be forced to shell out more...

    BP pilots new food to go offer

    BP has announced the pilot of a new and...

    Exclusive: Decades-old c-store makes freshly-made food its USP

    In this rapidly changing world with where the meanings...

    Contactless payment rises as campaigners warn against scams

    Most in-store card transactions (93.4 per cent ) up...

    Unitas offers centrally-negotiated rates on overhead purchases

    Buying group Unitas is leveraging its position as the UK’s largest independent wholesale group to offer its 150 members centrally-negotiated rates on overhead purchases...

    Cigarettes may cost ‘£16’ soon

    Brits might be be forced to shell out more for cigarettes as the cost of a packet could reach up to £16 soon as...

    BP pilots new food to go offer

    BP has announced the pilot of a new and improved fresh food for now offer, that can be personalised to customers’ tastes, at 10...