Chardstock man denies bootleg charge

PUBLISHED: 10:08 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:08 26 June 2017

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Sixty-four-year-old is accused of selling tobacco and using fake packaging

An alleged bootlegger has denied selling tobacco and using fake packaging.

Cornelius Buckleigh, aged 64, of Chardstock, pleaded not guilty to two offences when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

He denied the fraudulent evasion of excise duty on tobacco products on July 14, 2016 and the unauthorised use of three trade marks on the same day.

The charges arise from a raid by HM Customs and Excise on a storage unit in East Devon during which tobacco was seized.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, set a trial date of January 22, 2018, and granted bail.

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