Sniffer dogs uncover illegal tobacco in East Lancs raids

Sniffer dogs uncover illegal tobacco in East Lancs raids

Sniffer dogs uncover illegal tobacco in East Lancs raids

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

SNIFFER dogs helped to uncover large amounts of illegal tobacco during raids on shops.

A total of 857 packs of contraband cigarettes, 128 packets of tobacco, 248 tobacco blunts and cigar rolls, were seized after checks at 48 premises in Burnley, Nelson, Accrington, Oswaldtwistle and Rawtenstall.

Colne and Haslingden were also targeted, but nothing was found.

The raids were a combined operation by Lancashire County Council trading standards, Lancashire Police, and district licensing officers, who were join- ed by two sniffer dogs.

Dogs help find tobacco which traders conceal in places such as hidden compartments, and cash machines.

The raids took place over four days, with illicit tobacco being found in 13 premises.

County Coun Janice Hanson, cabinet member for public protection, said: “We regularly act on intelligence received from the public, and the success of this operation shows even the smallest piece of intelligence can make all the difference.

“It also demonstrates that more people are beginning to understand the serious threat illegal tobacco poses to our communities, and that fewer people are prepared to tolerate it.”

Also seized were 68 packs of unlicensed, unsafely stored fire- works, and a number of non-compliant lasers, toys, air fresheners, e-cigarettes and e-liquids.

The large haul included counterfeit and non-duty-paid tobacco products, which cannot be legally sold in the UK.

Chief Inspector Julian Platt said: “This series of raids have undoubtedly helped to take a range of illegal and potentially very harmful products off the streets of East Lancashire, thus protecting our residents.”

Last year, a survey by the Tob- acco Retailers’ Alliance found just over one in seven corner shops in the North West was facing financial problems due to lost sales from tobacco smugg-ling and cross-border shopping.

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2:42pm Thu 13 Mar 14

leyton says...

what a pointless exercise when the off icences are allowed to keep their license and go and do it again.
what a pointless exercise when the off icences are allowed to keep their license and go and do it again. leyton
  • Score: 12

3:30pm Thu 13 Mar 14

AnthonyUK says...

leyton wrote:
what a pointless exercise when the off icences are allowed to keep their license and go and do it again.
Very true. There should be more than a fine and hands slapped.
[quote][p][bold]leyton[/bold] wrote: what a pointless exercise when the off icences are allowed to keep their license and go and do it again.[/p][/quote]Very true. There should be more than a fine and hands slapped. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 11

7:18pm Thu 13 Mar 14

mmickk says...

If you are stopped coming into Britain with a car full of tobacco the vehicle is confiscated and sold why can it not be the same for businesses? If they new they could loose their livelihood they would think twice but until then it will carry on because to these people the small fines are a lot less than the tax revenue they should be paying. Take their businesses and throw them in jail time we stopped being a soft touch.
If you are stopped coming into Britain with a car full of tobacco the vehicle is confiscated and sold why can it not be the same for businesses? If they new they could loose their livelihood they would think twice but until then it will carry on because to these people the small fines are a lot less than the tax revenue they should be paying. Take their businesses and throw them in jail time we stopped being a soft touch. mmickk
  • Score: 16

4:28am Fri 14 Mar 14

golazzo says...

And probably all sold by our Asian community. I can list a number of shops that still sell illicit goods even tho they've been raided.
And probably all sold by our Asian community. I can list a number of shops that still sell illicit goods even tho they've been raided. golazzo
  • Score: 12

7:35am Fri 14 Mar 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Big deal. When you keep putting up tobacco taxes, more people turn to the black market.
Big deal. When you keep putting up tobacco taxes, more people turn to the black market. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 4

10:12am Fri 14 Mar 14

AnthonyUK says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Big deal. When you keep putting up tobacco taxes, more people turn to the black market.
And half of the cigarettes cigars and tobacco from the blackmarket is counterfeit and possibly deadly rubbish. I've seen it on Fake Britain;all sorts of household and industrial substances are often mixed with the counterfeit cigars cigarettes and tobacco in poor and third world countries like China etc which can endanger health far worse than the legitimate product can.
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: Big deal. When you keep putting up tobacco taxes, more people turn to the black market.[/p][/quote]And half of the cigarettes cigars and tobacco from the blackmarket is counterfeit and possibly deadly rubbish. I've seen it on Fake Britain;all sorts of household and industrial substances are often mixed with the counterfeit cigars cigarettes and tobacco in poor and third world countries like China etc which can endanger health far worse than the legitimate product can. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 6

10:39am Fri 14 Mar 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Big deal. When you keep putting up tobacco taxes, more people turn to the black market.
And half of the cigarettes cigars and tobacco from the blackmarket is counterfeit and possibly deadly rubbish. I've seen it on Fake Britain;all sorts of household and industrial substances are often mixed with the counterfeit cigars cigarettes and tobacco in poor and third world countries like China etc which can endanger health far worse than the legitimate product can.
Nah. There is some fake rubbish out there but the bulk of tobacco on the black market is real tobacco imported from Europe. The only difference to the stuff sold over here is that UK taxes haven't been paid on it and the health warnings are different.

The best bet to combat this is to have UK tobacco taxes set at a reasonable rate, then people won't bother going to white van man for their fags.
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: Big deal. When you keep putting up tobacco taxes, more people turn to the black market.[/p][/quote]And half of the cigarettes cigars and tobacco from the blackmarket is counterfeit and possibly deadly rubbish. I've seen it on Fake Britain;all sorts of household and industrial substances are often mixed with the counterfeit cigars cigarettes and tobacco in poor and third world countries like China etc which can endanger health far worse than the legitimate product can.[/p][/quote]Nah. There is some fake rubbish out there but the bulk of tobacco on the black market is real tobacco imported from Europe. The only difference to the stuff sold over here is that UK taxes haven't been paid on it and the health warnings are different. The best bet to combat this is to have UK tobacco taxes set at a reasonable rate, then people won't bother going to white van man for their fags. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 5

10:51am Fri 14 Mar 14

AnthonyUK says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
Big deal. When you keep putting up tobacco taxes, more people turn to the black market.
And half of the cigarettes cigars and tobacco from the blackmarket is counterfeit and possibly deadly rubbish. I've seen it on Fake Britain;all sorts of household and industrial substances are often mixed with the counterfeit cigars cigarettes and tobacco in poor and third world countries like China etc which can endanger health far worse than the legitimate product can.
Nah. There is some fake rubbish out there but the bulk of tobacco on the black market is real tobacco imported from Europe. The only difference to the stuff sold over here is that UK taxes haven't been paid on it and the health warnings are different.

The best bet to combat this is to have UK tobacco taxes set at a reasonable rate, then people won't bother going to white van man for their fags.
But the govt refuses to set tobacco taxes reasonable because they get nice money to the treasury and they see blackmarket and non UK/non EU product which tax/duty hasn't been paid on as sinful. Also with dodgy traders it can, in some cases where shops adhere to the age restriction on tobacco products, encourage illegal underage sales to under 18's and some parents condone and encourage this by allowing their 7-16 year old children to smoke by going to white van dodgys who don't care who or what age they sell to they sell to as with fireworks and other agerestricted goods from the blackmarket and illegal trade.
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: Big deal. When you keep putting up tobacco taxes, more people turn to the black market.[/p][/quote]And half of the cigarettes cigars and tobacco from the blackmarket is counterfeit and possibly deadly rubbish. I've seen it on Fake Britain;all sorts of household and industrial substances are often mixed with the counterfeit cigars cigarettes and tobacco in poor and third world countries like China etc which can endanger health far worse than the legitimate product can.[/p][/quote]Nah. There is some fake rubbish out there but the bulk of tobacco on the black market is real tobacco imported from Europe. The only difference to the stuff sold over here is that UK taxes haven't been paid on it and the health warnings are different. The best bet to combat this is to have UK tobacco taxes set at a reasonable rate, then people won't bother going to white van man for their fags.[/p][/quote]But the govt refuses to set tobacco taxes reasonable because they get nice money to the treasury and they see blackmarket and non UK/non EU product which tax/duty hasn't been paid on as sinful. Also with dodgy traders it can, in some cases where shops adhere to the age restriction on tobacco products, encourage illegal underage sales to under 18's and some parents condone and encourage this by allowing their 7-16 year old children to smoke by going to white van dodgys who don't care who or what age they sell to they sell to as with fireworks and other agerestricted goods from the blackmarket and illegal trade. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 8

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