A contraband tobacco dealer has become the first in Scotland to receive a banning order under new Government legislation.

John Scullion, of Ayr, was investigated after being uncovered selling illegal tobacco outside the town's Sunday market. He was arrested after it was proved the product was illegal.

Scullion, 50, was fined £630 at the town's sheriff court last week after he pled guilty to a number of charges relating to the sale of tobacco and not being appropriately registered. It is believed to be the first conviction of its kind.

In separate proceedings, the council was granted a Tobacco Retailing Banning Order against Scullion. He could face a £20,000 fine, or six months in jail, if he breaches the order.