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Ryanair cabin crew smuggle cigarettes into Liverpool airport

by Lauren Riley. Published Thu 23 Aug 2012 12:45, last updated: 23/08/12

A pair of Ryanair cabin crew members have been accused of smuggling #6,000-worth of cigarettes into Liverpool airport, stashed in their baggage.

Stewards Gemma Phillips, 26, and Adam McEvatt, 28, had arrived on a flight from the Canary Islands when they were held Liverpool John Lennon Airport on Monday.

The pair, both from Merseyside, were formally arrested on Tuesday and will appear at Manchester Magistrates Court next month charged with evading duty tax.

A spokeswoman for Border Force, the enforcement arm of the UK Border Agency, said: "Two individuals travelling from the Canary Islands carrying excess cigarettes were stopped at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

"They were arrested on suspicion of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of excise duty.

"They have since been charged and bailed to return to court on 17 September.

"Tobacco smuggling is serious and increases the tax burden on everyone else. Revenue from cigarettes and tobacco helps fund public services.

"Tobacco smugglers are tracked by Border Force and HMRC, and repeat offenders will be prosecuted."

European holidaymakers are limited to 800 cigarettes and one kilogram of tobacco per person according to import regulation implemented last year.

A Ryanair spokesman said: "As this alleged incident is the subject of a criminal investigation, we are not in a position to comment, other than to note that the individuals in question were off-duty at the time of these alleged offences."



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"They are not simple stewards: they are (or were) both Base Supervisors, the highest rank in Ryanair bases." christ, Paris around 2 years, 2 months ago

"If they were off duty then they are passengers not cabin crew - also Canaries is non eu so limit is 200 fags.. " Graham Ward, Liverpool around 2 years, 2 months ago

 
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