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House raid uncovers thousands of illegal cigarettes
Monday 9th December, 2013

Thousands of cigarettes have been seized at a house in Leigh, following an anonymous tip off to Wigan Council's trading standards team.

The team raided the house on Maple Crescent, Leigh last week (Thursday 5th December) and seized over 53,000 cigarettes and twelve kilos of loose tobacco, ten of which are believed to be fake.

The raid was the fifth to take place in recent weeks in the east of the borough and marked the largest single seizure of cigarettes to date for Wigan's trading standards team.

Earlier this month and last month, illegal tobacco was seized from four local shops and pubs in Wigan, Hindley, Leigh and Atherton. Another premises was in the process of applying for an alcohol licence, which was refused after they were caught selling illegal cigarettes.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for communities at Wigan Council, said:

“Wigan’s trading standards team have been very busy recently and their hard work has paid off. I find it extremely worrying that licensed premises are attempting to rip customers off and put their lives at risk for the sake of a few quid.

“Those caught selling counterfeit goods are in serious danger of losing their licence.

“I’d like to thank the public and local businesses for contacting the team and reporting these crimes. Anyone who knows of a similar issue can contact our trading standards team in confidence on 01942 827476 or email ts@wigan.gov.uk. They can also ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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