We Won another Appeal!

Yay! No going to Magistrates Court ... just a letter appealing against a tobacco seizure (attempted robbery by UKBA) with the reasons why and that was it.

Very pleased with ourselves that we've helped somebody and actually made a difference .... again!

Time for a celebration JD ... or 2 or ....


  1. Congratulations. Well done and thanks from us all.

  2. Can you give us details of the case? How much was seized and with what *cough* 'justification'?

  3. l hope to shortly SBC but l can say the amount of tobacco was 10kg and involved previous multiple trips to EU.

  4. kudos to you SH, you are deffo the man! anyone reading this should leave a comment of thanks. These guys don't charge sweet fa! no funding by anyone and yet they keep fighting the bastard UKBA and getting results for others. are you reading this Simon Clark? Give SH some fucking credit!!!!!!

    well done SH, youre a fucking hero!

  5. SH - It really doesn't get better than this! I think they call this...not taking things lying down. This playground bully just got another bloody nose!

    A massive well done.

  6. "We Won another Appeal!"
    Heartiest congratulations 'Smokin', freedom2choose applaud you and will continue to support your extremely generous offer of shopping trips abroad http://freedom2choose.info/news_viewer.php?id=1222
    I believe we have already attracted 4/5 shoppers but will continue to advertise your offer as we fully believe that buying your tobacco products abroad IS your freedom of choice but it also alleviates the possibility of buying smuggled goods!

  7. Thanks for the comments folks, me and Zaphod appreciate them and thanks to all who e-mailed because they couldn't comment due to some issue at Blogger HQ.


  8. Outstanding Smokey. Keep it up!

  9. l see someone at Blogger HQ screwed up and it changed my name to beginning of our e-mail.... 'blog' Er, no thanks!

    Back to normal now but had to change profile settings ... Bah!

  10. When Customs stop you, they ask some "initial questions". It is tempting, (and their manner will encourage you), to give brief, uncomplicated answers, (e.g. "gifts for my kids"), in the hope that they will take it no further.


    In the interview proper, after you've been officially told, "Anything you say be used, etc", you will give fuller answers, (e.g. "gifts for kids, their partners, and my Dad")

    Gotcha. You have "changed your story". You are a liar, therefore a smuggler. They will quote this in refusing your appeal.

    All is not lost, but it makes it more difficult to win the appeal.

    If the answer to a question is, "I don't know", then say so and stick to it. They will invite you to guess.


    "I do not know exactly. I will not guess, because it might not be true".

    The purpose of the interview is to get you to say something they can check, which is not true. Or to get two travellers to contradict each other. That would make you both smugglers.

    "When did you book the trip? When did you draw the money out of the bank? Irrelevant questions, but full of opportunity for factual mistakes.

    Write it down beforehand, and consult your notes.

    Customs don't want justice, they want results. They may well act friendly. Don't be fooled. They have no shame. They disgust me.

    It's very enjoyable to beat them. :-)

  11. Whatever happened to my comment?

  12. JJ (and anyone else): Blogger went down for 24 hours and an intergalatic Star Goat ate any comments left since the 11th. Its all over the net and a lot of famous blogs have suffered.


"In the eyes of the Tribunal the review letter contained several preconceptions, prejudgments and non-sequiturs"

"the absurdity of this reason is demonstrated by simply stating it"

"We therefore find that Mr Sked misdirected himself as to the Policy in carrying out the review and his decision is therefore one that no reasonable review officer could have arrived at."

... commonly known here at N2D as 'Skeds' ... that is to say these are Judges comments regarding UKBA Review Officer Ian Sked's reasons for rejecting peoples appeals against seizures.

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