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5,000 unsafe cigarettes seized from shop after reports they were being sold to schoolchildren

PUBLISHED: 12:34 12 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:45 13 April 2019

Around 5,000 unsafe cigarettes were seized in Dereham after concerns they were being sold to schoolchildren. Picture: Norfolk County Council Trading Standards

Around 5,000 unsafe cigarettes were seized in Dereham after concerns they were being sold to schoolchildren. Picture: Norfolk County Council Trading Standards

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A large quantity of illegal tobacco and “unsafe” cigarettes have been seized from a shop in Dereham after concerns that they were being sold to schoolchildren.

Norfolk County Council Trading Standards and Breckland Police worked together to seize around 5,000 unsafe cigarettes and 1.5kg of illegal tobacco, as well as some cash, throughout the day on Thursday, April 11.

The retail value for the seized items is estimated at around £3,100, with the potential evaded duty on the items approximately £1822.

Investigations are still ongoing.

The operation took place following a number of pieces of intelligence relating to the shop, which included reports of sales of cigarettes to children in school uniform.

A spokesperson for Breckland Police said officers were there to assist Trading Standards in its investigation and no arrests were made.

On Twitter, Norfolk County Council Trading Standards said: “Great joint working yesterday in Dereham with Breckland Police seizing illegal tobacco.

“This was following complaints it was being sold to children in school uniform.

“You can report illegal tobacco or underage sales to us on 03454 04 05 06 or to the Police on 101.”

Illegal tobacco is a term used to describe either counterfeit versions of popular cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco brands, products legitimately available in other countries smuggled into the UK or products made exclusively for the illicit market.

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