Staffordshire news and blogs Friday 17 August 2018
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Shop used fake fuse box to hide illegal cigarettes worth £7,000 in West Bromwich 

10 Aug 18

Police and trading standards found the haul in a storeroom concealed in a false electrical fuse box…

Over 12,000 illegal cigarettes and 5kg of tobacco were seized from the Bolebridge Street premises 

5 Aug 18

TWO men have been sentenced after over 12,000 illegal cigarettes and 5kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized from a Tamworth shop in just 12 months.

War hero chaplain spent wartime wages on cigarettes for sick and injured troops 

26 Jul 18

A HEROIC British Army chaplain from Warwickshire who became known as ‘Woodbine Willie’ during the First World War returned home “without a penny to his name”.

Record amount of illegal tobacco seized 

24 Jul 18

More than seven million illegal cigarettes and nearly 500kg of hand rolling tobacco have been seized by local trading standards within the Central England Trading Standards Authorities (CEnTSA).

Quarter of a million illicit cigarettes seized in Staffordshire as part of regional operation 

21 Jul 18

A QUARTER of a million illicit cigarettes and 56kg of tobacco were seized last financial year by the county council’s trading standards team as part of a regional operation.

Knife-wielding pair carry out armed robbery at supermarket in Shenstone 

18 Jul 18

Two men armed with knives have robbed a shop in Shenstone.

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Police investigate armed robbery at Alvechurch store 

3 Jul 18

From West Mercia Police: West Mercia Police is appealing for information following an armed robbery in a supermarket on The Square, Alvechurch on Sunday (1 July).

How police tracked down bungling Tesco raiders in Handsworth Wood 

2 Jul 18

A large quantity of cash and cigarettes were recovered…

Large grass fire at Kinver Edge 

28 Jun 18

The National Trust site warned visitors against barbecues, campfires and discarding cigarettes in light of the blaze…

Rapist treated his wife as a ‘slave’ and burned her with cigarettes 

26 Jun 18

She endured a two-year ordeal as he attacked her ‘every other day…

Shopkeeper jailed for selling illegal cigarettes packaged up in sausages told to pay back £61,000 

25 Jun 18

Arkani Muradi, jailed in June 2017 for two years and two months, will face further time behind bars if he fails to pay up…

Passenger smuggled 12,500 cigarettes through Birmingham Airport in containers marked ‘saucepans’ 

16 May 18

Zahoor Ahmed, from Yardley, tried to run when he was stopped by customs officers as he returned home on a flight from Pakistan…

Police appeal after gang grab scash and cigarettes in convenience store robbery 

7 Apr 18

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at a convenience store in Wythall.

Chopped up Ferrari cars found in £3 million haul in Birmingham raid 

29 Mar 18

Police swoop on container base and also discover alcohol and cigarettes…

Car parked outside our property, dropping cigarette ends out of his window, 12th March 

12 Mar 18

There is a car which parks outside our home, the occupant sits in the front seat and after smoking his cigarettes he drops them out of his car window.

Baker tried to earn more dough – by selling fake cigarettes from his house 

15 Feb 18

Trading standards officers found thousands of packets of counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes…

Sandwell launches first Responsible Business Scheme for retailers 

9 Feb 18

A training scheme to help retailers tackle the risk of selling alcohol and cigarettes to underage young people has been launched by Sandwell’s trading standards team.

Credit cards should carry “danger” labels like cigarettes – Walsall MP 

22 Jan 18

Tory MP Eddie Hughes made the suggestion…

Walsall shop raided as dog sniffs out THOUSANDS of counterfeit cigarettes 

22 Jan 18

The shop owner was ordered by a court to pay nearly 3,500 in costs…

Machete robbers caught checking into hotel with bin bags full of stolen cash and cigarettes JAILED 

6 Jan 18

The duo stole thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes and cash at a Stafford store in October…

Airport cigarette smugglers jailed 

22 Dec 17

TWO men who were caught smuggling more than 50,000 cigarettes through Birmingham International Airport have been jailed.

Thousands of illicit cigarettes and haul of tobacco seized in Staffordshire raids 

19 Dec 17

THOUSANDS of illicit cigarettes and a quantity of hand rolling tobacco have been seized from Staffordshire shops during a December operation.

Illicit cigarettes and tobacco seized in Tamworth shop raids 

19 Dec 17

Thousands seized as four premises raided by trading standards officers in the town…

Burglars raid Kings Bromley Co-op stealing thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes 

12 Dec 17

Kings Bromley Co-op was raided again…

Jailed: Shopkeeper who hid thousands of illegal packets of cigarettes and tobacco 

12 Dec 17

More than 8,000 packets of illicit cigarettes and 900 packets of tobacco were discovered at the self-storage unit following a tip-off…