Around one-in-10 cigarettes smoked in the North East is illegal – with private homes and dishonest shops the two leading sources of illicit tobacco.
POLICE have been busy in Bradford East over the past couple of days retrieving stolen vehicles and working with Trading Standards to take counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco off the streets.
Fountain Food & Wine, in Morley, Leeds, has been stripped of its alcohol licence for “persistently” selling illegal tobacco.
Two staff members at a shop were prosecuted after illicit hand rolling tobacco was found in a locked metal tin behind the counter, and more in a cotton bag behind the counter.
A STORE owner has been landed with a four-figure court bill, while many more are facing legal action, after raids by Bolton Trading Standards unearthed thousands of illicit tobacco products.
Morley corner shop stripped of alcohol licence after selling illegal cigarettes
Illegal tobacco was found hidden in a fridge freezer and bread bin in the kitchen of the store
An investigation is underway after an off licence in Morley was allegedly caught selling illegal tobacco.
A Gateshead woman who was caught with almost 12,000 illegal cigarettes has been told she will forfeit thousands of pounds in cash seized from her home
Trading standards and Northumbria Police officers carried out a search at a home in Gateshead and found a huge haul of illegal cigarettes