Success of fight against fake cigs

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A TIP-off from a member of the public has resulted in the seizure of half a tonne of counterfeit rolling tabacco by specialist trading standards officers.

This represents the biggest single haul valued at £250,000 discovered as part of Nottingham’s fake tobacco crackdown.

Trading standards says that the initiative has proved a success and, thanks to the public’s help, a total of 28,470 cigarettes and 11 kilos of hand rolling tabacco has been seized since the operation began in June.

“Residents are fed up with people being involved in this trade and selling tobacco from a residential house,” said Jane Bailey, trading standards manager for community protection. “It often leads to anti social behaviour in the area with customers coming to the house at all times of the day and night.

“I would encourage members of the public to contact us either directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers if they suspect that they have a ‘fag house’ in their area.”

Serious and organised crime groups are involved in the trade of counterfeit tobacco costing the government millions of pounds in lost revenue each year.

To report illegal cigarette or tobacco sellers, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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