4,000 illegal cigarettes are under counter

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MORE than 4,000 illegal cigarettes were seized during a raid at a Spalding shop.

Officers from Lincolnshire Police, Trading Standards and customs searched Euro Mini-Market in Station Street (pictured) for illegal items, including fake vodka.

A spokesman for the police licensing team said no illegal alcohol was discovered in the raid last Tuesday but the suspected non-duty paid cigarettes were discovered in a purpose-built cabinet beneath the counter.

They were seized and are now the subject of an investiagtion by HMRC.

He added that the outcome of the investigation could result in a review of the premises’ off-licence.