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Tuesday 24th April 2018

See the stash of illegal cigarettes which landed a shopkeeper with a hefty fine

This illicit haul of counterfeit cigarettes seized from a County Durham store has cost a shopkeeper more than £1,500 in fines. ...more

Wednesday 18th April 2018

111,000 illegal cigarettes seized during raids in County Durham

MORE illegal cigarettes were seized in County Durham in just one day than in the last 12 months during a series of raids this morning. Trading Standards officers discovered 111,580 illegal cigarettes and 116kg of hand rolling tobacco in properties in Newton Aycliffe, Shildon, Fencehouses and Chester-le-Street. Earlier this month, Durham County Council announced its ...more

Wednesday 18th April 2018

94,000 illegal cigarettes seized in County Durham

MORE than 94,000 illegal cigarettes have been seized by officers in County Durham in the last 12 months. ...more

Tuesday 31st October 2017

Illegal tobacco bought by more than half of teenage smokers

Illegal tobacco has helped over half of underage smokers in the North East get hooked on smoking, a new survey released today suggests.   55% of children aged 14 and 15 who smoke say they buy illegal tobacco from sources like “tab houses” and shops – while 73% say they have been offered illegal tobacco. ...more

Tuesday 31st October 2017

Over 200,000 suspected illegal cigarettes – raid in Stockton

Two men were been arrested after more than 200,000 cigarettes and 28 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, all believed to be illicit, were seized in Stockton . HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) arrested two men after the suspected illegal stash – worth an estimated £80,000 in unpaid duty – was found at a self-storage site Read ...more

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


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