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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


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