Sites in Honiton searched as part of HMRC’s illegal tobacco crackdown across Westcountry

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:34 01 October 2018

More than 8,100 cigarettes and four kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, all believed to be illicit, were seized. Photo: Getty Images

More than 8,100 cigarettes and four kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, all believed to be illicit, were seized. Photo: Getty Images

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An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco across the Westcountry uncovered more than 8,100 cigarettes and four kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, all believed to be illicit.

Around 24 officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), with support from Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service and Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards, visited retail premises and self-storage units across the region on Friday, September 21. A total of 33 sites were visited – including locations in Honiton, Woodbury, Woodbury Salterton and Chard.

The visits led to suspected illegal tobacco products being seized from three premises.

This included 8,120 cigarettes, with an estimated £1,763 duty and VAT evaded and 4.5kg kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, with an estimated £986 duty and VAT evaded.

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