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 or call 01733 747474.”