Ex-newsagent jailed

A FORMER newsagent from Ipswich who was convicted of selling booze and cigarettes to children has now been jailed for motoring crimes.

A FORMER newsagent from Ipswich who was convicted of selling booze and cigarettes to children has now been jailed for motoring crimes.

Rajiharan Arulampalam, of Arundel Way, is today serving an eight-week prison term after he admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance.

He was also given an extra 45 days inside in lieu of a �4,460 fine for illegally selling to under-age youngsters when he ran the Humberstones newsagents in Cauldwell Hall Road last year.

At the time, Suffolk police said they had received intelligence suggesting staff had even sold liquor to children wearing school uniform.

Arulampalam sold the shop in March this year after having his licence revoked and now works part-time for his brother at another newsagent, Magistrates in Ipswich were told.

But he has fallen foul of the law once again after police officers caught him driving on May 12 this year.

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He was stopped in Crabbe Street, Ipswich, just two weeks after being banned for six months for exceeding 12 penalty points on his licence.

John Hughes, mitigating, said the 35-year-old's silver BMW was parked close to where he was working, but he decided to drive it home that day because he was tired.

He also said his client was struggling financially because he had not yet received a payment of �25,000 after selling the stock in his shop to the new licence holders.

Magistrates jailed him for a total of 101 days and banned him from driving for another 18 months on top of his previous disqualification.

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