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Hundreds of illegal cigarettes and vapes seized from two Preston shops

Posted on - 23rd June, 2023 - 2:20pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News, Uncategorized
Illegal cigarettes and vapes found in one of the premises Pic: Preston Police

Hundreds of illegal cigarettes, tobacco and disposable vapes have been taken off the streets of Preston.

Following a raid by Lancashire Trading Standards and Preston Police the contraband products were seized from two shops in the city.

The products – 1,044 in total – were worth more than £10,000 if sold

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Sergeant Martin Hughes, from Preston Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Information from the public is invaluable to the police. Without it, we would be unable to carry out this sort of proactive work which helps to prevent and detect crime, ensuring the safeguarding and protection of our community.”

Dawn Robinson from Lancashire Trading Standards said: “The number of illicit tobacco and vapes seizures we are currently dealing with (54 so far this year from Lancashire retailers) shows the high value of the trade in these products. To make matters worse, cheap illicit tobacco and child-appealing vapes are often illegally sold to young people.

“The sale of illegal tobacco and vapes has a serious impact on legitimate businesses, and our communities, and is something we are determined to tackle.”

Illegal cigarettes

The names of the premises raided were not given by Trading Standards or the police.

Read more: Thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit nicotine products seized from shops across Preston

Anyone concerned about illicit tobacco sales and intelligence can call the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline 03454 040506, the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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