Illegal tobacco worth over £1,500 seized from London shop  

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Trading Standards officers found and confiscated a safe containing illegal tobacco products from a shop in Wood Green, Haringey in London.

The seizure of the products, worth over £1,500, followed an operation linked with London Trading Standards Week, when Trading Standards teams from Haringey Council carried out a range of enforcement actions throughout the week, including test purchases to catch out shopkeepers illegally selling tobacco products to children.

Sniffer dogs also played a part, and the safe containing illegal tobacco products was found by them.

Inside 4,580 cigarettes and just over 1kg of hand rolling tobacco was discovered – with a duty value of £1,612.29.

This activity took place under Operation CeCe which is a National Trading Standards initiative in partnership with HMRC to tackle illegal tobacco.