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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Council calls for information on 65,000 cigarettes dumped in Crewe

 

Cheshire East Council’s trading standards team are asking the public for any information to help identify who dumped 65,000 illegal cigarettes in a field off Clay Lane, Crewe.

The cigarettes – estimated to have a street value of £24,000 – are known as ‘cheap whites’, foreign imports brought into the UK, which are illegal due to the non-payment of duty.

Councillor Paul Bates, cabinet member for health and communities, said: “We are an enforcing council and work hard to keep harmful products off the streets. We are asking the local community to give us any information that could help to track down the criminals connected to this incident.

“There is far more to this than the non-payment of duty. The sale of illicit tobacco often has links to serious and organised crime and we also know that people who deal in illegal tobacco are more likely to encourage others, especially children and young adults to smoke.”

Offenders can face unlimited fines and up to 10 years in prison. You can report any information anonymously to the government’s keep it out website or by calling 0300 999 0000.

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