Health campaigners have called for a pioneering approach launched in the North-East in 2009 to tackle illegal tobacco to be rolled out nationally following the publication of a report by MPs.
Tobacco detection dogs discovered 24,100 illegal cigarettes and more than 25 kilos of illicit rolling tobacco in raids across Bradford and Leeds.
Efforts to tackle tobacco smuggling have been hampered by a “farcical” lack of action by the government and its agencies, a committee of MPs has said. The MPs also suggested that concerns over boosting the black market should not trump public health considerations in the debate over plain packaging.
A shop owner who was caught selling counterfeit vodka and tobacco from two shops in Leeds has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Nine people have been arrested and two illegal tobacco processing plants discovered after an investigation into suspected tobacco duty evasion of £11 million and associated money laundering offences.
Rochdale Council officers and Trading Standards officials raided seven shops in a surprise week of action.
On Tuesday 3rd June two trading standing officers seized 52 pouches of hand rolling tobacco (2.6kg) and 140 packs of cigarettes from a newsagent in Tredworth, Gloucester.
Two people have been arrested after counterfeit cigarettes and cash were seized during a raid on a house.
Smuggled cigarettes worth up to £26,000 have been found at a Salford shop during a major crackdown on illegal tobacco sales.
A haul of dodgy tobacco and illegal snuff was seized by officers during raids on Tyneside.