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14,000 illegal cigarettes and tobacco products seized from Ilford Lane trader

The illegal goods were hidden behind a false wall (credit: Google Maps)

Redbridge Council has seized more than 14,000 illegal cigarettes and tobacco products from a trader in Ilford. 

It is after the council’s Trading Standards Licensing Teams and police in Redbridge received reports Vapour On, a store in Ilford Lane, was selling the products. 

Initially it appeared the shop was only selling the usual groceries and confectionary items.

However, upon closer inspection officers discovered a false wall at the rear of the shop which was hiding a large stash of illegal goods. 

They were all incorrectly labelled, many without English. Typically this means they are counterfeit products. 

The sale of illegal tobacco products is a growing problem in the UK which threatens the health of customers who consume dangerous products.

It also deprives the government of tax revenue which could be spent on the NHS and takes money away from genuine tobacco retailers by creating an unfair trading environment. 

“The sale of illegal and counterfeit tobacco is becoming an all-too-common-problem, and we need do everything we can to try and nip it in the bud,” said the Leader of Redbridge Council, Councillor Jas Athwal. 

“Illegal and counterfeit Tobacco products can be dangerous, and there is also mounting evidence the money from the sale of illegal tobacco can often find its way into the pockets of those involved in more serious crime.”

Redbridge Council will now decide whether to prosecute those involved based on the available evidence. 

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