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Police and trading standards officers have uncovered two illegal cigarette 'hides' in another Spalding shop.

The force has today revealed that a man has been arrested and that £30,000 worth of illicit tobacco and cigarettes seized after the joint operation.

A shop on Horncastle Road, Boston was searched, and illicit cigarettes and tobacco were found hidden in soft drinks cases.

Illegal cigarettes seized by police and trading standards. (Picture: Lincs Police) (56724657)
Illegal cigarettes seized by police and trading standards. (Picture: Lincs Police) (56724657)

The team went on to search another shop in Commercial Road, Spalding where two hides were located. One was said to have been behind the till, and one was in the floor and operated electronically using a key fob.

The raid was carried out on May 11 - and is a separate incident to another raid carried out at a store in Spalding on March 24.

The location of the previous raid has not yet been revealed with an investigation ongoing.

Illegal cigarettes seized by police and trading standards. (Picture: Lincs Police) (56724660)
Illegal cigarettes seized by police and trading standards. (Picture: Lincs Police) (56724660)

Andy Wright, Principal Trading Standards Officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “These are professional suppliers using convenience shops as a front to cover what is their main business: the sale of illegal cigarettes.

"They operate on a national basis with vast amounts of the money they make disappearing abroad.”

Sergeant Ian Cotton, of Lincolnshire Police, added: “These illicit cigarettes can be dangerous to health, and the profits can be used to fund other sorts of crimes such as people trafficking and modern slavery.

"We’ll continue to support Trading Standards in their efforts to clamp down on this illicit trade throughout our county.”

Officers say that anyone with information on counterfeit goods being sold in our county should call Lincolnshire Police on 101.

Or you can report incidents anonymously through Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.



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