Council budgets, broken supply chains and international travel returning creates recipe for rising illicit trade.
A shop in north Manchester has been banned from selling booze after illegal tobacco was found at the premises.
A fugitive who helped smuggle more than 12 million cigarettes into the North East has been caught and jailed for two years.
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.