A huge haul of illegal cigarettes worth £30,000 was found at a Leeds shop after the assistant started acting odd.
Two more international cigarette smugglers were today ordered to pay back a small portion of their ill-gotten gains after their busted multi-million pound importation scam.
A van carrying more than £150,000 worth of illicit tobacco was chased and stopped by police in Yorkshire. Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU) spotted the white van which had cloned licence plates.
When the European Union brought in strict new laws in 2014 forcing tobacco companies to sell their products in packaging plastered with graphic health warnings, many saw it as a win in the fight against smoking.
West Yorkshire Police said it recently visited the premises to talk to staff about the amount of rubbish originating from the store, including cans and bottles.
THE new owner of a shop continued to sell counterfeit tobacco because he did not want to disappoint his customers – a court heard.
A multi agency operation involving West Yorkshire Trading Standards saw Calderdale businesses searched in which illegal practices were taking place.
Shops in Salford are being warned to steer clear of illegal cigarettes and alcohol by Salford City Council’s trading standards officers.
A MAN has been fined more than £500 for selling counterfeit cigarettes.
Northumberland County Council is creating a new post to support its work to crack down on under-age sales and illicit tobacco.