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Thursday 3rd March 2016

Over 20,000 illegal cigarettes and tobacco seized in West Yorkshire raids

Over 20,000 illegal cigarette sticks and over 9kg illegal hand rolling tobacco as well as over 100 illegal niche tobacco items were discovered following raids in Castleford and Pontefract. The activity was conducted by officers from the Trading Standards Illegal Tobacco Team, following up on information provided by members of the public. The raids were carried ...more

 
Tuesday 1st March 2016

“Keep It Out” campaign targets illegal tobacco sellers in West Yorkshire

Public encouraged to report illegal sellers who often target children New anonymous website reporting form and hotline Illegal tobacco worth approx. £157,500 already seized since 2014 A campaign that aims to further reduce supply and demand for illegal tobacco, including stopping dealers who sell to children, has been relaunched across West Yorkshire. The trade in ...more

 
Tuesday 17th November 2015

Cut-price cigarettes cost barber £1,500 after he is caught with huge haul of illegal tobacco

Trading standards found 81,000 Russian, Polish, and other foreign brands worth £34,000 hidden in the basement of the Darwesh Barber shop. Cut-price cigarettes have left a barber with a £1,500 fine after a huge haul of illegal tobacco was seized. Acting on an anonymous tip-off, trading standards officers found 81,000 Russian, Polish, and other foreign ...more

 
Wednesday 12th August 2015

Raids across Newcastle help seize thousands of illegal cigarettes around the city

Sniffer dogs Scamp and Yo-Yo helped trading standards find the hidden stashes of illegal goods in two West End stores in Newcastle Sniffer dogs discovered thousands of illegal cigarettes in a series of swoops in Newcastle. The black market goods were seized by officers from trading standards after targeting shops around the city. Operation Beagle, ...more

 
Monday 22nd June 2015

West Yorkshire wide raids on illegal tobacco amid reports it was being supplied to children

Trading Standards officers have been carrying out raids across West Yorkshire amid reports that traders have been selling illegal tobacco and supplying to under age children. Illegal products were seized during raids in Leeds, Kirklees, Wakefield, Bradford and Calderdale, with many of the seized items found hidden in concealments such as voids in walls and ...more

 
Monday 15th June 2015

Bexley man arrested for tobacco smuggling

A 63-year-old Bexley man is among four men from London arrested on suspicion of tobacco smuggling. ...more

 
Friday 22nd May 2015

Dogs sniff out illegal tobacco

A Charlton supermarket manager has been charged £4,770 after sniffer dogs found illicit tobacco inside the lining of his jacket. ...more

 
Monday 9th February 2015

6,000 bootleg cigs seized in raid on newsagent

A raid on a Woolwich newsagent uncovered 6,600 illegal cigarettes. Police with sniffer dogs, customs and Greenwich Council trading standards officers found the illegal fags in the basement of JB Patel and Son on Woolwich New Road. Owner Jashbhia Patel was ordered to pay £5,891 at Bexley Magistrates Court on January 26 after pleading guilty ...more

 
Wednesday 16th July 2014

Agencies including West Yorkshire Trading Standards and HMRC working with councils to crack down on trade in illegal tabacco

Kirklees Council is backing a new campaign to tackle the trade in illegal tobacco and stop dealers who sell to children. ...more

 
Tuesday 15th July 2014

Spenborough Guardian: Crackdown on illegal cigarettes in Leeds and Kirklees

A crackdown on the illegal tobacco trade and the sale of cigarettes to children will begin across the area today. ...more

 
Tuesday 15th July 2014

Morley Observer: Crackdown on illegal cigarettes in Leeds and Kirklees

A crackdown on the illegal tobacco trade and the sale of cigarettes to children will begin across the area today. ...more

 
Tuesday 15th July 2014

Batley News: Crackdown on illegal cigarettes in Leeds and Kirklees

A crackdown on the illegal tobacco trade and the sale of cigarettes to children will begin across the area today. ...more

 
Tuesday 15th July 2014

Dewsbury Reporter: Crackdown on illegal cigarettes in Leeds and Kirklees

A crackdown on the illegal tobacco trade and the sale of cigarettes to children will begin across the area today. ...more

 
Tuesday 15th July 2014

Crackdown on illegal cigarettes in Wakefield district

A crackdown on the illegal tobacco trade and the sale of cigarettes to children will begin across the area today. ...more

 
Monday 14th July 2014

West Yorkshire regions team up to fight illegal tobacco trade

A campaign has been launched across West Yorkshire to end the trade in illegal tobacco and catch the petty dealers who sell to children. ...more

 
Monday 14th July 2014

New “Keep It Out” campaign launches across West Yorkshire and York to tackle illegal tobacco

A new campaign is launching across West Yorkshire and York (14 July) to tackle the trade in illegal tobacco and stop dealers who sell to children. ...more

 
Monday 14th July 2014

Campaign aims to smoke out illegal tobacco

A CRACKDOWN on the illegal tobacco trade and the sale of cigarettes to children will begin across West Yorkshire and York today. ...more

 
Monday 14th July 2014

New campaign launched to tackle illegal tobacco

A new campaign is launching across West Yorkshire and York (14 July 2014) to tackle the trade in illegal tobacco and stop dealers who sell to children. ...more

 
Monday 14th July 2014

New “Keep It Out” campaign launches across West Yorkshire and York to tackle illegal tobacco

A NEW campaign is launching across West Yorkshire and York (14 July) to tackle the trade in illegal tobacco and stop dealers who sell to children. ...more

 
Friday 17th January 2014

Tip-off leads police to illegal tobacco haul

Officers swooped after receiving a tip-off that non-duty paid tobacco was being sold from the premises in Heyhouses Lane. ...more

 
Monday 4th November 2013

20,000 illegal cigarettes seized from rogue dealer

A huge stash of contraband cigarettes and Viagra-style tablets plus a Samarai swords were found hidden in a house after undercover trading standards officers carried out surveillance on a rogue dealer. ...more

 
Wednesday 14th August 2013

Parents urged to help keep illegal tobacco off the streets

Parents are being urged to help keep illegal tobacco off the streets this summer, with unscrupulous dealers likely to be looking for teenage customers over the school holidays. ...more

 
Monday 18th March 2013

600 packets of illegal tobacco seized in Accrington and Haslingden

MORE than 600 packets of illegal tobacco were seized during raids on retail premises by police and trading standards officers. ...more

 
Friday 1st March 2013

Man, 70, in court over 40,000 fake cigs

A PENSIONER appeared in court yesterday (28th February) accused of selling bootleg cigarettes and tobacco on the streets of South Tyneside. ...more

 
Friday 1st March 2013

Smoking out counterfeit tobacco in Blackpool

TRADERS dealing in illicit tobacco were today warned: 'We are on to you.' More than 1,000 packets of counterfeit tobacco were seized after sniffer dogs hunted them out during a series of surprise raids. ...more

 
Friday 15th February 2013

Raids across County Durham in crackdown on illegal tobacco

A SERIES of raids have taken place in County Durham today (Friday, February 15) as part of a crackdown on illegal tobacco. ...more

 
Monday 4th February 2013

Murphy and Ozzie help sniff out contraband haul

TWO sniffer dogs discovered more than £4,000 worth of contraband cigarettes and packets of tobacco in children's lunchboxes. ...more

 
Saturday 19th January 2013

Tobacco worth £36k in lost revenue seized

A HUGE haul of tobacco, which could have cost taxpayers £36,000 in lost revenue, has been seized at the Port of Hull. ...more

 
Monday 7th January 2013

Airline man fined for cig smuggling

AN AIRLINE worker from Leigh has been fined for attempting to smuggle cigarettes into the UK through Manchester Airport. ...more

 
Wednesday 5th December 2012

Ten UK arrests in £50m microwave tobacco smuggling ring

Ten people have been arrested in raids in the UK and Luxembourg in a suspected £50m tax fraud by an international tobacco smuggling ring. ...more

 
Monday 19th November 2012

Sniffer dogs uncover illegal cigarettes at southport shops

SNIFFER dogs uncovered more than 1,000 packets of illegal cigarettes at Southport shops. ...more

 
Thursday 18th October 2012

42,000 rogue cigarettes in £15k Middlesborough haul

A £15,000 HAUL of illegal tobacco - believed to be the largest find ever made in Middlesbrough - has been seized following a house raid. ...more

 
Monday 8th October 2012

Illegal tobacco run was paying off undesirables

WHEN Stephen Horton was stopped by customs officials after driving off the ferry from France, he declared he had "just a few packet of cigarettes with him". ...more

 
Friday 31st August 2012

Police welcome tip-offs on illegal cigs

SOUTH Tyneside smokers are being urged to stub out illegal tobacco sales. ...more

 
Thursday 30th August 2012

Stubbing out illegal tobacco

South Tyneside trading standards officers visited a supermarket last week to encourage shoppers to stub out illegal tobacco. ...more

 
Tuesday 21st August 2012

Scotland: Tobacco conviction is a first

A contraband tobacco dealer has become the first in Scotland to receive a banning order under new Government legislation. ...more

 
Tuesday 14th August 2012

Off licence owner jailed for illegal tobacco offences

An off licence owner has been sent to prison for 16 weeks after being convicted of a number of offences relating to the possession and supply of illegal tobacco. ...more

 
Thursday 9th August 2012

Next phase of cigarette war begins

AN anti-smoking organisation has launched the next phase of its campaign to reduce the size of the illegal tobacco market. ...more

 
Tuesday 31st July 2012

Support for crackdown on illegal tobacco

TYNEDALE residents are being asked to help keep illegal tobacco off the streets. ...more

 
Tuesday 31st July 2012

Newsagent sold illegal cigarettes

A Newsagent has been fined for selling cigarettes which did not carry health warnings. ...more

 
Monday 23rd July 2012

Middlesbrough: Crackdown on illegal tobacco

Communities across Teesside are helping to keep illegal tobacco off their streets as Fresh North East launches the next phase of its successful campaign to reduce the size of the market in illegal tobacco. ...more

 
Thursday 19th July 2012

HMRC raid on tobacco fraudster

A MAN has been charged with evading more than £500,000 in excise duty and VAT after police seized duty free tobacco and counterfeit packaging. ...more

 
Friday 13th July 2012

Crackdown on illicit cigs

PEOPLE are being urged to play their part in keeping illegal tobacco off the streets. ...more

 
Sunday 15th April 2012

16m Euros worth of illegal cigarettes seized by customs

CUSTOMS officers yesterday seized 3.5 million cigarettes at Rosslare Port, adding to the haul of 38 million seized in Dublin Port on Thursday. ...more

 
Monday 2nd April 2012

Newbiggin pensioner cleared of duty evasion

A PENSIONER accused of trying to evade duty on large amounts of cigarettes and tobacco has been cleared of two of the three charges he faced. ...more

 
Thursday 1st March 2012

Trading standards raids uncovered trade in illegal cigarettes at Bradford city centre store

A Bradford shopkeeper traded in illicit cigarettes and tobacco from his city-centre store, a court heard. ...more

 
Thursday 9th February 2012

Bootleg tobacco is seized in Newcastle raids

A haul of bootleg tobacco has been seized in raids on Tyneside stores. ...more

 
Wednesday 1st February 2012

Jail over £131m-a-year fake cigarettes racket

Two men from Staffordshire were today behind bars for their role in a counterfeit cigarette racket capable of making up to 625 million counterfeit cigarettes and five million pouches of fake hand rolling tobacco a year. ...more

 
Friday 27th January 2012

Couple jailed for illicit tobacco trading

A COUPLE who ran an illicit enterprise dealing in smuggled tobacco and cigarettes have been jailed. ...more

 
Thursday 22nd December 2011

Over 16.5 million illegal cigarettes seized in Castleton

Over 16.5million illegal cigarettes - the largest single detection in the North West region this year - have been seized in Castleton. ...more

 
Wednesday 23rd November 2011

Sixty tab houses operating in Middlesbrough

A mum is likely to lose her job and family home after being convicted of selling cigarettes to children. ...more

 
Wednesday 12th October 2011

Court stubs out tobacco sellers

TWO men who sold almost £1 million worth of smuggled cigarettes and tobacco from a Doncaster mini market have been jailed for a total of 11 years. ...more

 
Wednesday 12th October 2011

Manchester airport shop worker jailed for her part in ‘sophisticated’ tax dodge on duty free cigarettes

A Manchester airport worker has been jailed for her part in a gang scam to illegally buy millions of duty-free cigarettes - avoiding paying tax. ...more

 
Friday 26th August 2011

Man Jailed over £85,000 of illegal cigarettes

A MAN who helped flood the streets of South Tyneside with black market cigarettes has been put behind bars. ...more

 
Monday 15th August 2011

Crackdown on illegal cigarettes in Blackpool

A new operation targeting people who sell counterfeit cigarettes to young people, is under way in Blackpool. ...more

 
Monday 25th July 2011

12 million smuggled cigs seized in Gateshead

An underworld smuggling network operating on Tyneside has been smashed after the biggest seizure of illegal cigarettes the region has ever seen. ...more

 
Friday 22nd July 2011

Five arrests in Merseyside linked to tobacco and cash

Two men and three women from Merseyside have been arrested, and cigarettes and tobacco seized, during raids by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officers. ...more

 
Friday 22nd July 2011

Stockport man smuggles smoke in mirrors

A Stockport man who illegally smuggled a tonne of tobacco into the UK hidden in furniture, mirrors and handicrafts has been sentenced. ...more

 
Friday 10th June 2011

Ex-train driver denies part in £200,000 international fraud

A FORMER Whitehaven train driver masterminded a £200,000 international fraud by sending illicit drugs and tobacco home to his friends in West Cumbria after emigrating to Thailand, a court has heard. ...more

 
Wednesday 18th May 2011

HMRC target illegal tobacco across Lancashire and Manchester

More than 37 kilos of illegal tobacco and almost 23,000 non UK duty paid cigarettes have been seized by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in an operation targeting the trade in illegal tobacco across Lancashire and Manchester. ...more

 
Wednesday 4th May 2011

Game over for Cheshire cigarette smuggler

A Macclesfield man, who hijacked the identity of a company in Wales and illegally imported over 18 million cigarettes in containers claiming they were board games was jailed for three years and eight months. ...more

 
Tuesday 8th March 2011

Rochdale ‘flowers’ wilt under scrutiny

A market trader from Rochdale, who claimed boxes containing 40kilos of smuggled tobacco were packed with flowers, was sentenced to a suspended jail term and community work at Manchester Crown Court today for trading in illicit tobacco. His accomplice from Humberside was sentenced to 19 months jail. ...more

 
Monday 4th October 2010

Police find more than they bargain for in pound shop

Police officers in Bolton discover packs of illegal cigarettes and contraband loose tobacco after raiding a busy town centre pound shop. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

Welsh ice-cream van sells cigs to kids

Two men have been fined £1,130 for selling cigarettes to kids as young as 11 from their ice-cream van in Pontypool. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

South Shields’ tab houses target kids

Children as young as eight are being exploited by criminals and criminal gangs running so-called 'tab houses', health officials have warned. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

Tobacco smugglers jailed over ports plot

Two men who ran an international smuggling operation to bring in 11 million illegal cigarettes have been jailed for a total of almost 20 years. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

Thousands of cigs seized in double raid

Thousands of illegal cigarettes have been taken off the streets following raids on a shop and a house in Huddersfield. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

Cumbria crackdown on ice-cream van tobacco sales

Cumbria Trading Standards has vowed to step up its efforts in stamping out counterfeit tobacco and underage sales following the conviction of an ice-cream seller who sold fake fags to kids. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

10,000 cigarettes seized in Birkenhead shop

More than 10,000 cigarettes and 1.5kg of tobacco were seized during a raid on a Birkenhead shop. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

1 million cigarettes seized at Immingham

More than 1 million cigarettes have been found inside concrete blocks at Immingham docks by our officers. Officers uncovered the haul on Wednesday (27 October) following checks on lorry freight arriving from the continent. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

1.5 million cigarettes seized at Hull

Around 1.5 million cigarettes have been found hidden inside concrete blocks at Hull docks by our officers. Officers uncovered the haul on Thursday night (2 December) following checks on lorry freight arriving from Zeebrugge in Belgium. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

Barnsley streets safer thanks to illegal cigs raid

A group of illegal tobacco traders from Barnsley has been convicted after being caught with over 2-million illegal cigarettes destined for the local market. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

HMRC stop 10-million illegal cigarettes hitting Merseyside streets

Five Merseyside men have been arrested and almost 10-million illegal cigarettes seized by officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

Safer streets in Gateshead following ‘tab-house’ raid

Police and trading standards have seized hundreds of counterfeit cigarettes and packets of tobacco following a raid on two homes on Gateshead's Springwell Estate. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

Manchester ‘snowmen’ cigarette smugglers jailed

Two Manchester men who pretended to import Christmas snowmen in a plot to smuggle nine million cigarettes into the UK, have been jailed. The cigarettes had a potential tax loss of over £1.4 million. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

Jail sentance for Bolton men caught selling cheap cigs

Four men have been given suspended jail sentences after being caught selling illegal cigarettes at a Bolton market. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

Father and son team ‘lose everything’ after selling illegal tobacco

A father and son team from Sunderland has been sentenced after selling illegal tobacco and alcohol from their city centre store. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

Illegal vodka and tobacco gang are given 56 years

Six members of a gang who used high-tech equipment to turn out 24 fake bottles of vodka a minute, plus large quantities of hand rolling tobacco, were jailed at Southwark Crown Court today for more than 56 years. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

Former football chief scores tax fraud own goal

A former football club chief executive has been jailed for five-and-a-half years after admitting to not paying duty on £4.5m-worth of cigarettes. ...more

 
Saturday 4th September 2010

Cigarette smuggling gang put behind bars

A Lancashire gang who imported over two million contraband cigarettes into the country packed inside wheelie bins has been jailed for a total of almost nine-years. ...more

 
Friday 4th June 2010

Cigarette smuggling scam is stubbed out

A gang of cigarette smugglers have been jailed after bringing almost 200,000 illegal cigarettes through Newcastle Airport. ...more

 
Friday 4th June 2010

Ice-cream van full of tobacco seized

Police in Kent have seized an ice-cream van packed with cigarettes and tobacco, after being tipped off by local residents. ...more

 
Friday 4th June 2010

Ice-cream van smuggler forced to pay back profits

An illegal tobacco smuggler has been forced to pay back £185,000 of his ill-gotten gains to avoid facing a prison sentence. ...more

 
Tuesday 4th May 2010

Illegal tobacco used to fund terrorism

Proceeds gained from illegal tobacco smuggling were used by the Provisional IRA to help fund terrorism, according to an article in The Irish Times. ...more

 
Thursday 4th March 2010

Sunderland women smuggled 64,000 cigarettes

Four women from Sunderland have been caught trying to smuggle 64,000 cigarettes into the UK after a trip to Tenerife. ...more

 
Thursday 4th March 2010

Huge haul of tobacco uncovered in Tyneside

Thousands of pounds-worth of illegal cigarettes and alcohol were confiscated during a raid in New Herrington. ...more

 
Thursday 4th February 2010

Gateshead tab house trade exposed

Trading standards officers have launched a series of raids on houses in Gateshead suspected of selling illegal tobacco. ...more

 
Monday 4th January 2010

Crackdown in York

A CRACKDOWN on the illegal tobacco trade and the sale of cigarettes to children will begin across West Yorkshire and York today. ...more

 
Monday 4th January 2010

Counterfeit cousins threaten honest, local businesses

Two cousins have been jailed for 18-months after selling tens of thousands of pounds-worth of counterfeit goods, including illegal tobacco, from their shop in Bradford. ...more

 
Friday 1st January 2010

Crackdown on illegal tobacco sale

City of York Council is launching a new campaign across York today to tackle the trade in illegal tobacco and stop dealers who sell to children. ...more