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Illegal cigarettes seized by police and trading standards in Eastbourne
8:40am Thursday 11th July 2013 in News
Cigarettes worth thousands of pounds have been seized by police and trading standards.
Hundreds of boxes of the illegal haul, worth more than £8,000, were recovered from an Eastbourne convenience store in a joint operation between Sussex Police and East Sussex Trading Standards.
The cigarettes were found during an investigation into sales at the store in Brassey Parade, Hampden Park, where illegal tobacco had been sold.
A search was carried out at an Eastbourne flat and the illegal goods were found piled high in a kitchen cupboard.
A 26-year-old man from Eastbourne was arrested under the Unfair Trading Regulations and questioned before being released on bail until August 27.
An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: "People who sell illegal cigarettes are not just avoiding paying the duty that is owed on them - illegal cigarettes which do not conform to safety standards regarding their content and toxin levels have an increased risk of harm to a smoker than that of normal cigarettes.
"The availability of these cheap, illegal cigarettes has a negative effect on local businesses and undermines the efforts of health professionals in their attempts to encourage people to stop smoking.
"Our enquiries are continuing and in the meantime we would like anyone who has information about the sale of illegal cigarettes in their area to contact them on 0345 60 80 197."
PC Rachel Bourne, of Eastbourne neighbourhood policing team, added: "This is an excellent example of agencies working together to resolve what has been a growing problem in the Hampden Park community.
"I would urge anyone with any further information in relation to the selling of illegal tobacco to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 324 of 9 July."
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