Illegal cigarettes found in police raid

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Illegal tobacco and cigarettes have been seized from three sites in Wisbech.

Cambridgeshire Trading Standards officers worked with police and HM Revenue and Customs to search three premises on Friday last week (May 15).

Specially trained tobacco detection dogs were also used and found 16,000 cigarettes hidden in one shop.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Acting Head of Supporting Businesses and Communities, Aileen Andrews has sent out a warning.

She said “We won’t tolerate illicit tobacco and cigarettes in our county. Tobacco fraud costs the UK £2 billion a year in lost taxes which should be spent on public services.

“We want to see health improvement in this county and with poor and disadvantageous communities and young people often the target of this cheap tobacco, it does not encourage people to quit. Offenders need to know that they will face consequences if they choose to deal in these illegal products.”