Six admit tobacco and cigarette-smuggling conspiracy
FIVE people from South Tyneside appeared in court yesterday and admitted dealing in illegal tobacco and cigarettes. Newcastle Crown Court heard the group conspired together to evade duty on the products between January 2010 and October 2012. Four of them also admitted conspiring to conceal the cash proceeds of the illegal enterprise. Kirsten Linney, 22, of High Meadow, Michael Linney, 46, of Mill Dam, Victoria Linney, 42, of Mill Dam, and Paul Lowery, 38, of Marlborough Street, all South Shields, pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges. Glenn Chrisp, 40, of Pear Tree Mews, Ashbrooke, Sunderland, also admitted conspiracy. Kris Linney, 28 of Albert Road, Jarrow, admitted conspiracy in relation to the evasion of duty, but prosecutors accepted his ‘not guilty’ plea in relation to the cash charge.