A father and son have been jailed after heading up a crime gang which smuggled over five million illegal cigarettes in the North East.
If you are offered cheap tobacco during lockdown, often sold locally as “duty-free”, it will almost certainly be illegal, enforcement officers in Greater Manchester have warned.
Police have recovered 4,000 illicit cigarettes from a west Hull shop – and they were hidden in a manhole.
Two men have been arrested after police seized around 400,000 packets of counterfeit tobacco from a Hull property.
Almost 15,000 illicit cigarettes have been seized as part of enforcement work to protect the residents of County Durham, councillors will hear.
Durham County Council’s trading standards team also seized hand rolling tobacco, while £37,000 was confiscated in two incidents
Tight restrictions on international travel have exposed the reality behind the illegal tobacco market – and it’s not duty frees that are for sale. Recent seizures made by Trading Standards show that smuggled and often fake illegal tobacco products continued to be sold in shops and from homes during lockdown when overseas travel was restricted. […]
A SHOPKEEPER who was found in possession of thousands of packets of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco which breached trading standards regulations claimed they were for his own use.
BOLTON Council is backing a campaign to crack down on the selling of illegal tobacco as children in the region are getting hooked on it after buying it from shops.
More than 2,000 illegal cigarettes were found hidden in a secret cupboard built into a toilet wall inside a hardware shop during a trading standards raid.