Knowsley Council crackdown on illegal cigarettes

Illegal tobacco products destined to go up in smoke

Illegal tobacco products destined to go up in smoke

First published in News

OVER 150,000 illegal cigarettes have been destroyed by Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team.

Large quantities of other tobacco products have also been sent for incineration.

The goods were seized in a series of Trading Standards operations and the illicit items have now been incinerated at a specialist plant in Ellesmere Port.

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate and Customer Services, Cllr Andy Moorhead, said: “Our officers have seized huge quantities of illicit tobacco in a series of organised operations and I’m pleased that we have taken these products off the streets.

“Buying illegal tobacco is far from a victimless crime. As well as hurting legitimate businesses, research shows that it helps to fund organised crime.

“Whenever we receive intelligence about illegal goods, we will always work closely with our partners to investigate and take the appropriate action.”

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or Knowsley Trading Standards on 0151 443 4737

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