Suspected illegally-imported cigarettes seized in Bromley
PUBLISHED: 12:34 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:49 12 February 2015
Illegal tobacco seizure by Trading Standards
Officers from Bromley Trading Standards seized 5,000 cigarettes from a shop in Orpington following a joint visit with HM Revenue and Customs.
It is suspected the tobacco products were imported from Eastern Europe and have failed to comply with safety regulations requiring them to display health warning labels.
The cigarettes have an estimated value of £1,750.
Investigations are being conducted with the owners of the business.
Cllr Tim Stevens, executive member for public protection and safety, said: “I welcome this action. It demonstrates our commitment to tackle illegal tobacco products.
“Availability of these illicit products not only encourages people to keep smoking, and young people to take up the habit, but it also undermines the local economy through tax evasion.
“I would urge anyone who knows of shops in the borough who sell these products to report them to Trading Standards.”