Barnsley man jailed over failure to pay tobacco duty

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A Barnsley man whose haul of illicit tobacco was discovered after a break-in at his home has been jailed for 18 months.

Dog food wholesaler, Anthony Eden, aged 62, of Meyrick Drive, was on a trip to Thailand in April 2013 when his home was targeted by thieves.

But when police arrived at his home to investigate they found 77,000 cigarettes and 111kg of tobacco - with an excise duty value of

£36,000.

The case was passed to HM Revenue and Customs and enquiries revealed that in 2011 Eden and his wife, Molly, 61, were caught trying to bring 12.5kg of non-duty paid hand-rolling tobacco through Manchester Airport after arriving on a flight from Alicante.

The contraband was seized and the Edens were issued with a warning letter advising them of the consequences of illegally importing tobacco.

When police found the cigarettes and tobacco Anthony Eden claimed he was looking after them for someone else, but would not say who.

He pleaded guilty to the fraudulent evasion of excise duty in relation to the tobacco found at his home and at Manchester Airport.

His wife admitted the fraudulent evasion of excise duty in relation to the airport seizure and was fined £1,000 at Sheffield Crown Court.