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Thursday 30th August 2018

Cigarette smuggling ‘kingpin’ must pay £412k or face jail

The mastermind of a plot to bring 10 million illicit cigarettes into the UK must pay back more than £400,000 or face four more years in prison. ...more

Thursday 30th August 2018

Big Tobacco is consistently overstating black market in cigarettes – new findings

What’s the size of the black market in tobacco and who is behind it? ...more

Thursday 30th August 2018

Three jailed after being caught with 1.5million illegal cigarettes worth more than £500,000 in unpaid tax

Three men have been jailed after they were caught with more than 1.5 million illegal cigarettes in a South Shields warehouse….   ...more

Thursday 30th August 2018

Illicit tobacco campaign generates hundreds of tip offs

Hundreds of people have come forward with illicit tobacco tip offs since the launch of a new local authority-funded campaign in the North East of England. ...more

Thursday 30th August 2018

Campaign to tackle illicit tobacco reports hundreds of tip offs

Hundreds of people have come forward with tip offs about illegal tobacco following the launch of a local initiative.   ...more

Thursday 30th August 2018

Anonymous tip offs boost illegal cigarette campaign

MORE than 350 anonymous tip offs from the public have been received by trading standards teams since the launch of a campaign tackling the sale of illegal tobacco. ...more

Thursday 23rd August 2018

Trio jailed for smuggling cigarettes

THREE men have been jailed after they were caught with more than 1.5 million illegal cigarettes disguised as road surfacing material at a warehouse Northern Echo   ...more

Friday 3rd August 2018

Thousands of illegal cigarettes seized from home

Thousands of illegal cigarettes with a market value of £24,000 have been seized from a home in Newcastle. Trading standards officers with Newcastle City Council visited the residential property on Wednesday morning. https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/illegal-cigarettes-tobacco-newcastle-west-14982927 ...more

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Shop targeted in illegal tobacco raid loses booze licence

A Stockton shop has lost its booze licence after the owner tried to transfer his licence to a “mate” following a trading standards raid. https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/shop-targeted-counterfeit-raid-loses-14969984 ...more

Friday 15th June 2018

Tobacco industry seeking to control anti-smuggling measures, say critics

The tobacco industry is working to secure control of a system to track the movement of cigarettes around the world, allegedly because it is complicit in the smuggling of its own products, according to a new research paper. ...more


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