Cooper finds the illegal tobacco

Islington Council recruits clever canine to sniff out £70,000 illegal tobacco

An Islington business and its director have been ordered to pay over £32,000 after their illegal tobacco and vape supply was uncovered by sniffer dog, Cooper. In March 2023, Islington Council’s Trading Standards team seized 4272 packs of illegal cigarettes and 578 dodgy vapes from Naz Organic Ltd on Holloway Road, thanks to the help
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Dagenham shop to fork out thousands for selling illegal cigarettes

Barking and Dagenham Council takes a zero-tolerance approach to businesses selling illegal cigarettes to its residents. This has been proven in court where a Dagenham business has been ordered to pay out over £3,000. On three occasions in 2022 and 2023, Longland Shop on the Heathway, Dagenham was found with illegal cigarettes on its premises
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Successful crack down on illegal tobacco sellers in Plumstead

Following resident and business concerns, the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Trading Standards team has achieved two significant successes against illegal tobacco sellers in Plumstead. On 26 July 2023, a three-month closure order was granted at Bromley Magistrates Court against Plumstead Mini Market, formerly Kobis Mini Market, at 252 Plumstead High Street. The order was granted
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Stronger powers to combat illicit tobacco come into force

New sanctions have come into force which will mean businesses and individuals selling illicit tobacco can receive a penalty of up to £10,000. Trading Standards officers, as of July 20th, will now have the power to refer cases to HMRC for further investigation where businesses or individuals have been found to sell illicit tobacco. HMRC,
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Illegal tobacco seized during Barking and Dagenham inspections

Illegal tobacco products with a street value in excess of £15,000 have been seized by Trading Standards officers. It was a chance discovery for Trading Standards officers, who were carrying out inspections across the borough using a specially trained sniffer dog from Wagtail UK. During one visit, a man was seen entering a shop before
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