Illegal tobacco

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Wednesday 27th February 2019

Counterfeit cigs found in shops search

Illegal tobacco was found during a joint operation on North Tyneside.   ...more

Wednesday 30th January 2019

Illegal tobacco results in £35,000 fine and suspended prison sentence

A man in his seventies who was caught with over 100,000 illegal cigarettes has been handed an eight months suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay over £35,000 Durham County Council Jan 24 2019 ...more

Monday 26th November 2018

Warning to shops as new illegal tobacco drive is launched

ROGUE shopkeepers who are tempted to sell illegal tobacco are being warned they could face more than a fine but could lose their livelihood. Crooked store owners who sell smuggled or fake tobacco could not only lose their alcohol licence but face huge tax bills from HMRC and closure orders from local authorities or the ...more

Monday 19th November 2018

Shop ordered to shut over illegal tobacco

A County Durham shop has been shut down for three months over to the supply of illegal cigarettes and tobacco     Durham County Council news (19 Nov 2018)   ...more

Saturday 29th September 2018

Newcastle shopkeeper told to cough up £1m for selling knock off cigarettes

A Newcastle shopkeeper caught flogging huge amounts of knock off cigarettes has been told to cough up £1m. Evening Chronicle (24 Sept 2018) ...more

Wednesday 19th September 2018

Shopkeepers who sell illegal tobacco paying the price

Shopkeepers repeatedly caught selling illicit tobacco faced tax bills and penalties of more than £11m last year, according to figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)   Talking Retail – Sept 2018 ...more

Thursday 30th August 2018

See the stash of suspected illegal cigarettes hidden under a bathtub in a Newcastle home

A joint operation by Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council made the seizure in Newcastle on June 4 ...more

Thursday 30th August 2018

UK approves protocol aimed at reducing illicit tobacco market

The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products provides a blueprint for the regulation of tobacco production and distribution, as well as international cooperation between enforcement authorities. ...more

Thursday 30th August 2018

Selling illicit tobacco to undercover officer lands man in court

A MAN who sold illicit cigarettes and tobacco to an undercover trading standards officer has been ordered to pay more than £400 ...more

Thursday 30th August 2018

Shop targeted in counterfeit raid loses booze licence after trying to transfer it

A Stockton shop has lost its booze licence after the owner tried to transfer his licence to a “mate” following a trading standards raid. ...more

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