6,000 cigarettes seized at shop

Cigarettes seized from Euro Mini-Market in Spalding.
Cigarettes seized from Euro Mini-Market in Spalding.
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SOME 6,000 illegal cigarettes have been seized by police during a raid at a Spalding shop.

Officers went into Euro Mini-Market in Station Street with members of Lincolnshire Trading Standards during the day on Saturday.

Police confirmed staff at the shop also failed a test purchase operation the same day after selling alcohol to an underage teenager, who was being supervised by officers.

Staff at Euro Mini-Market were already under investigation after more than 4,000 cigarettes were seized in an operation in February.

As reported in the Spalding Guardian, the suspected non-duty paid cigarettes were discovered in a purpose-built cabinet beneath the counter.

Sgt Jon Mellor, from Lincolnshire Police’s licensing team, said they were now seeking a review of the premises’ licence with South Holland District Council.

The authority’s licensing committee, which is made up of a panel of district councillors, has the power to revoke licences to sell alcohol or to impose additional conditions to ensure further breaches are not made.