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Thursday 10th May 2018

Tobacco smuggling gang jailed after flooding the North East with 12 million illicit cigarettes:

A smuggling gang who flooded the North East with more than 12 million illegal cigarettes after stashing then inside cable drum discs have been jailed. ...more

Thursday 10th May 2018

Shop where illegal tobacco was passed through loft opening forced to close

TWO shops selling counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco have been shut down after they were linked to “persistent criminality”. ...more

Thursday 10th May 2018

Smuggler sentenced after being caught on A19 with 20,000 illegal cigarettes

A smuggler was caught with 20,000 illegal cigarettes in his car as he travelled along the A19 . ...more

Thursday 10th May 2018

Man fined after counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes found under floorboards of Blackhall shop

A MAN has been fined after a stash of counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes was discovered under the floorboards of a shop by trading standards officers. ...more

Thursday 10th May 2018

Illegal tobacco seized as part of Operation Grouse

Over 100,000 illegal cigarettes and 100kg of hand rolling tobacco have been seized as part of a campaign between the council and Durham Constabulary. ...more

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


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