Hundreds of suspected illicit vapes and cigarettes have been seized after a police officer spotted and intervened a shop worker selling an e-cigarette to a child.
Lincolnshire Police said one of its officers was at the Fresh Fruit and Grocery Mini Market in Southgate, Sleaford, on routine enquiries for another incident unrelated to the store, when he saw that a c-sore worker was about to sell vapes to children while he was in the store.
He also spotted that the vapes on offer were all illegal. Each one was offering between 4,000 and 10,000 puffs per vape. As a rule, disposable vapes should have around 600 puffs in them, so they comply with the legal limits on size.
After the officer intervened in the sale he discovered the vapes appeared to contain more than the legal limit of liquid, the force said. During a search of the premises, police said 14 sacks full of vapes and cigarettes were recovered from the shop.
The force said it was also possible the seized vapes may have lacked safety features, had higher nicotine concentration levels or contain banned ingredients.
The case has now been passed to Lincolnshire Trading Standards to investigate, police said.