A man has appeared in court charged with smuggling 4.6 million cigarettes into Newhaven Ferry Port.

Alain Corominas Pons, 44, is charged with evading around £714,000 in duty tax when the illicit load was smuggled into the UK four years ago.

Corominas Pons, a Spanish lorry driver, appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday where he was remanded in custody until March 3 to appear at crown court.

The 4,620,000 Lambert and Butler brand cigarettes were discovered by HM Revenue & Customs officers in a lorry that arrived by ferry from Dieppe, France.

The cigarettes have been burned at a power station to fuel the National Grid.