|Tobacco houses taken down
More than £15,000 in cash and 100 packs of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco has been seized in Wigan Borough.
Wigan Council’s trading standards team worked alongside HMRC and Greater Manchester Police to raid two houses in Beech Hill, Wigan, on Thursday 11th May, following intelligence from members of the public.
The team had received a number of complaints that children, aged under 18, had been buying the cigarettes and had started feeling unwell.
This information has led to a successful raid with the individuals involved being investigated and the confiscated items further examined.
Julie Middlehurst, Wigan Council’s Regulatory Services manager said: “We do our absolute best to ensure that illicit goods are taken off our streets and we are extremely thankful to members of the public who report intelligence to us.
“The illegal tobacco trade is a vile trade which makes it easier for children to access cigarettes smoking, takes advantage of cash-strapped families, and is unfair on law abiding local businesses.”
“We would strongly encourage anyone with any concerns about issues in their area to contact us confidentially with information.”
Anyone wishing to report illegal tobacco sellers can ring in confidence 01942 827476 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.