Thousands of counterfeit cigarettes seized in Peterborough

The seized illegal cigarettes and tobacco

The seized illegal cigarettes and tobacco

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A large amount of counterfeit cigarettes and thousands of illicit cigarettes have been seized during a raid in Peterborough this week.

The seizure was made by Peterborough Trading Standards.

Peter Gell, Head of Regulatory Services at Peterborough City Council, said: “The illicit tobacco market costs the UK around £2 billion in lost revenues.

“This latest seizure in Peterborough involved suspected illicit and counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco, totalling 6,730 cigarettes and 1.5kg of tobacco.

“Selling illegal tobacco is a crime which also impacts on those businesses that are trading legally, and we will continue to put a stop to illegal and counterfeit tobacco being supplied and sold here in Peterborough.

“I would encourage anyone with information about the illegal sale of tobacco to email trading.standards@peterborough.gov.uk or call 01733 747474.”