Southport Reporter ® Online Newspaper for Merseyside
Southport and Mersey Reporter- Your online only weekly Newspaper.
Your Online Newspaper for the Merseyside Area.

Click on to see our Twitter Feed.  Click on to see our Facebook Page.  Click on to follow our LinkedIn Profile.  This website is licence to carry news from and UK Press Photography. 

Latest Edition Archive Shop Order Photos Help Group Hub


Click here to access your advert administration page.
Advertisers  Admin

Click here to get seen in our 'Business Index' and also to get on our banner system oppersite and pay online today via 'Pay Pal'...!
Advert Options

Updated news stories weekly.  Published online only. en Southport and Mersey Reporter

Your online newspaper.  Your words.

Publication date:- 2017-08-07

user-generated Headlines and reports on this page = 2 news items.    Page - 6.

Illegal tobacco traders to repay £175k

3 Lancashire men, who were jailed in 2016 for their part in a £16 million illegal tobacco fraud, have been ordered to repay more than £175,000 or serve extra time in jail. Wayne Brown, of Darwen, Keith Allen, of Oswaldtwistle, and James Willmott, of Clayton le Moors, were caught by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) buying illegal cigarettes and tobacco to sell on from Iqbal Haji of Blackburn, during a surveillance operation in 2014.

The men were jailed in May 2016 for their part in a fraud that centred on a criminal network based in Blackburn. 6 Lancashire men, including Haji, have been jailed to date in a series of linked Court cases.

Debbie Porter, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:- "These were middlemen in the illegal tobacco trade. Organised criminal gangs cannot operate without these middlemen to distribute illegal goods and circulate criminal cash. These three have ended up behind bars and we're now taking away everything their crimes got them. HMRC will recover money stolen through Tax fraud for UK Taxpayers. We will not allow criminals to profit from Tax evasion. We are determined to create a level playing field for local businesses by disrupting the illegal trade and punishing the fraudsters. We urge anyone with information about the black market in smuggled cigarettes and the associated Tax evasion to contact us on 0800 788 887."

On Monday 3 July 2017, Brown, 52, owner of Blackburn's Beechwood Club, was ordered to repay £67,616.16 within 3 months or a further 18 months will be added to his jail sentence and he will still owe the money. HMRC's financial investigators discovered Brown owned 12 rental properties in the Darwen and Blackburn areas in addition to the club. Retired Keith Allen, 67, was ordered to repay £65,444.16 within 3 months or a further 18 months will be added to his jail sentence and he would still owe the money. HMRC found Allen had property, shares and savings worth £65,444.16. Painter and decorator, James Willmott, 55, was ordered to repay £42,000 within 3 months or a further 15 months will be added to his jail sentence and he will still have to repay the money. HMRC found Willmott had £42,000 from the sale of a house. Further confiscation hearings are pending for others jailed as part of this case.

News Report Page Quick Flick.

Click on here to go back to this week's home page! News Report Page Quick Flick
Click on this section to see last weeks edition of Southport and Mersey Reporter!

Sign up today for our daily email news service!

Sign up to our Daily Email News Service by clicking here now...

Did you know we where the UK's 1st online only newspaper and we still are?  Here at Southport and Mersey Reporter  we are still at  leading the way for local news.

All email addresses and information is held under the UK's Data Protection Act.




Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

..Paid Advert..

Contact us:-
(+44)  08443 244 195
Calls will cost 7p per minute, plus your telephone company's access charge.
Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.

RSS  Weekly Headline Update Notices
4a Post Office Ave, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0US, UK
This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the UK's press.

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS the independent monitor for the UK's press.

How to make a complaint

This is our process:-  Complaints Policy  -  Complaints Procedure  -  Whistle Blowing Policy


See the view live webcamera images of the road outside our studio/newsroom in the hart of Southport.

Our live Southport Webcam image above.
To see it live, please click on image.

Event Notices

More events that are taking place on Merseyside can be found on our Event Listings Calendar.

Find out whats on in and around Merseyside! Click on here to see our event calendar.
Are you going to this event?  If you are please let us know what you thought of it!

These are our other websites within the Southport & Mersey Reporter Network.

Mersey Reporter - OUR HUB WEBSITE. Liverpool Reporter - Our online music station. Southport TV - Our online video archive.
Mersey Reporter Formby Reporter Liverpool Reporter Southport TV


Tracking & Cookie Usage Policy - Terms & Conditions

© - Southport Reporter® is the Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope