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Skipton store sees 5000 cigarettes seized

Skipton store sees 5000 cigarettes seized

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 10:15am 21st February 2020.

Five thousand illicit cigarettes and more than 1,000 litres of illicit alcohol have been seized from a shop in Skipton.

  • This happened after a joint operation between North Yorkshire County Council’s Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs. 
  • An investigation is underway.

The seizure saw 5,000 cigarettes, 2kg of hand rolling tobacco and 1,091 litres of alcohol taken from the premises.

The campaign and the seizures of illicit product are part of the County Council’s commitment to deliver the aspirations of the North Yorkshire Tobacco Control Strategy, which is founded on a vision to inspire a smoke-free generation in North Yorkshire. 

County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Trading Standards, said:

“This is a great example of partnership working, with two organisations coming together to tackle a major problem in our communities. Both Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs have a zero tolerance approach to the supply of illicit tobacco and alcohol and retailers who choose to ignore their legal and social obligations must understand that criminal activity will not be tolerated.”

Russell Murphy, Regional Assistant Director, Individuals and Small Business Compliance, HMRC, added:

“The sale of illicit tobacco and alcohol will not be tolerated by us or our partner agencies. Disrupting criminal trade is at the heart of our strategy to clampdown on the illicit tobacco and alcohol market, which costs the UK around £2.7 billion a year. This is theft from the taxpayer and undermines legitimate traders.”