Ex-police officer Kenneth Pritchard tried to smuggle tobacco into UK

Daily Echo: The tobacco seized by customs after Kenneth Pritchard tried to smuggle it into the UK The tobacco seized by customs after Kenneth Pritchard tried to smuggle it into the UK

A FORMER police officer attempted to smuggle 85kg of tobacco into the UK through a port in Hampshire.

Kenneth Pritchard hid the hand-rolling tobacco in suitcases, boxes and a wicker laundry basket when entering the county on June 11.

But the 64-year-old was arrested at Portsmouth Ferry Port by Border Force officers, who found the items inside his Land Rover.

The former police officer had retired to Spain, and was trying to enter the UK to sell the tobacco from Cherbourg in France.

Detectives believe the tobacco was destined for the Macclesfield area of Cheshire.

At an appearance at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court, Pritchard was sentenced for fraudulently evading £17,500 in excise duty.

He was sentenced to eight weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, while his Land Rover was seized and will be sold at auction.

John Cooper, assistant director of criminal investigation at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, which took over the investigation, said: “Pritchard, a former crime-fighter, now has a criminal record of his own.

“This type of criminality not only undermines legitimate retailers who have to compete with illegal imports, but also costs the UK economy around £2billion a year.

“People with information about such criminal activity should contact the Customs' Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

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8:00pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Suprawow says...

Police (ex. Police). Biggest crooks around!
Police (ex. Police). Biggest crooks around! Suprawow

1:01am Thu 12 Dec 13

Suprawow says...

Free movement of goods within the EU. Oh!, wait Tony Bliar decided that didn't apply to us didn't he.
Free movement of goods within the EU. Oh!, wait Tony Bliar decided that didn't apply to us didn't he. Suprawow

6:52am Thu 12 Dec 13

skeptik says...

I know let's join the EEC said Ted, equality of taxes, free movement and more. We are in where it benefits domestic politicians and out where it benefits Joe public.
I know let's join the EEC said Ted, equality of taxes, free movement and more. We are in where it benefits domestic politicians and out where it benefits Joe public. skeptik

6:56am Thu 12 Dec 13

Lionel P says...

Suprawow wrote:
Free movement of goods within the EU. Oh!, wait Tony Bliar decided that didn't apply to us didn't he.
What nonsense. You are entitled to bring in whatever you like as long as it's for your own consumption. This guy was clearly trying to evade tax to make a profit, thereby undermining legitimate traders, as the article says. Now he's got a criminal record and is missing one Land Rover. Serves him right.
[quote][p][bold]Suprawow[/bold] wrote: Free movement of goods within the EU. Oh!, wait Tony Bliar decided that didn't apply to us didn't he.[/p][/quote]What nonsense. You are entitled to bring in whatever you like as long as it's for your own consumption. This guy was clearly trying to evade tax to make a profit, thereby undermining legitimate traders, as the article says. Now he's got a criminal record and is missing one Land Rover. Serves him right. Lionel P

8:51am Thu 12 Dec 13

Dai Rear says...

Lionel P wrote:
Suprawow wrote:
Free movement of goods within the EU. Oh!, wait Tony Bliar decided that didn't apply to us didn't he.
What nonsense. You are entitled to bring in whatever you like as long as it's for your own consumption. This guy was clearly trying to evade tax to make a profit, thereby undermining legitimate traders, as the article says. Now he's got a criminal record and is missing one Land Rover. Serves him right.
One point of view. Mine would be that if I could meet him in the pub each month and buy a few ounces of baccy at a reasonable price, then we're both happy.
Believe me, I'd never buy baccy in this country-we already pay some of the highest taxes on income in the world, so we should we be crucified a second time if we want a pint or a fag?
I didn't force Brown to spew welfare dosh all over the lower classes and I'm blowed if I see why I should pay for his folly.
[quote][p][bold]Lionel P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Suprawow[/bold] wrote: Free movement of goods within the EU. Oh!, wait Tony Bliar decided that didn't apply to us didn't he.[/p][/quote]What nonsense. You are entitled to bring in whatever you like as long as it's for your own consumption. This guy was clearly trying to evade tax to make a profit, thereby undermining legitimate traders, as the article says. Now he's got a criminal record and is missing one Land Rover. Serves him right.[/p][/quote]One point of view. Mine would be that if I could meet him in the pub each month and buy a few ounces of baccy at a reasonable price, then we're both happy. Believe me, I'd never buy baccy in this country-we already pay some of the highest taxes on income in the world, so we should we be crucified a second time if we want a pint or a fag? I didn't force Brown to spew welfare dosh all over the lower classes and I'm blowed if I see why I should pay for his folly. Dai Rear

11:18am Thu 12 Dec 13

wossit says...

Why should you pay taxes on something purchased abroad where you have already payed your tax
Why should you pay taxes on something purchased abroad where you have already payed your tax wossit

5:01pm Fri 13 Dec 13

simaster says...

wossit wrote:
Why should you pay taxes on something purchased abroad where you have already payed your tax
you dont pay taxes on stuff you buy abroad, unless it goes over a "personal allowance limit".
But if you resell these items for profit then the customs guys can expect a cut, so if you want to try and avoid the tax, then fair play to you, but fair play to them if they catch you.
[quote][p][bold]wossit[/bold] wrote: Why should you pay taxes on something purchased abroad where you have already payed your tax[/p][/quote]you dont pay taxes on stuff you buy abroad, unless it goes over a "personal allowance limit". But if you resell these items for profit then the customs guys can expect a cut, so if you want to try and avoid the tax, then fair play to you, but fair play to them if they catch you. simaster

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