UK: Vape store manager arrested for refusing to close!

UK: Vape store manager arrested for refusing to close!

In the United Kingdom, the sale of e-cigarettes does not seem to be an essential activity! In St Helens, an English town not far from Liverpool, a vape shop owner who refused to close despite confinement due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) was arrested by police. However, the latter declared that it provided an essential service to the population and to smokers wishing to stop smoking.


Ian Grave, 45, owner of a vape shop in St Helens (Source: Liverpool Echo)

"I THINK WE OFFER AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE! "


The owner of a vape shop who refused to close his business despite the confinement due to Covid-19 was recently arrested by the police. A video published by our colleagues from " Metro "Shows four officers pinning Ian Grave, 45 years old.

According to the offender, the store remained open because it provides a key service and offers products that help people quit smoking. However, under UK government rules, only stores selling essentials such as supermarkets, pharmacies and post offices are allowed to stay open to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

He told the Liverpool Echo : » I thought we were doing it right, I only had one staff member and we only let one customer in at a time. In addition, we took care to clean each time. »

« In my opinion, we provide an essential service by selling nicotine products. Some stores are still allowed to stay open, so why not us? You can also go to DIY stores but are they essential? However, the police arrived and said that we had to close. I asked under which law I should close and they did not know it. »

source : Metro.co.uk/

Com Inside Bottom
Com Inside Bottom
Com Inside Bottom
Com Inside Bottom

About the Author

Passionate about journalism, I decided to join the editorial team of Vapoteurs.net in 2017 in order to mainly deal with vape news in North America (Canada, United States).