Staffordshire news and blogs Tuesday 20 February 2018



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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…

No jail for smuggler who imported £50k FAKE cigarettes haul in tissue boxes 

8 Dec 17

He was caught in Birmingham unloading a stash of almost 200,000 cigarettes and 37kg of shredded tobacco…

Are supermarkets running out of cigarettes? Collapse of wholesaler sees stocks run low 

6 Dec 17

At least one Sainsbury’s store is reporting a smaller supply of tobacco, while some grocery shelves are also empty…

Coventry man sentenced over illegal cigarettes 

27 Nov 17

Mr Hemin Hassan Abass, 37, of Swancroft Road, appeared before a judge recently (21 November) after Coventry’s Trading Standards Team found illegal cigarettes in his van.

Ten ways the Budget 2017 will affect you – from stamp duty to cigarettes 

23 Nov 17

For his second Budget as chancellor, Mr Hammond added six minutes to the statement he delivered in March 2017…

Cigarettes and alcohol stolen in early morning burglary in Tamworth 

17 Nov 17

POLICE in Tamworth are appealing for witnesses following an early morning burglary where cigarettes, alcohol and cash were stolen.

Courts: Litterbugs who dropped cigarettes in city centre forced to pay out over £700 

13 Nov 17

Cases heard at Coventry Magistrates’ Court…

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Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Vapers 

10 Nov 17

I’m continuing with my Christmas gift guide with some ideas for an important person in your life who may be setting themselves a New Year’s Resolution to give up, or cut down on their consumption of cigarettes.

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Protecting Our Eyes from Technology 

3 Nov 17

I think it is fair to say that the Millennial generation are far more health conscious than previous generations have been.

Drug taking, 31st October 

31 Oct 17

Regular drug taking, needles, aluminium foil, improvised bricks as seating, stopping people for cigarettes.

Hundreds of illegal cigarettes found at city store 

26 Oct 17

Trading Standards witnessed one shop worker trying to climb over a wall to escape…

Shopkeeper fined over illegal cigarettes 

26 Oct 17

A former city shopkeeper has been ordered to pay over £1,300 after illegal cigarettes were found in his store.

Citizens arrest made after raiders storm Spar shop with machete and bat in terrifying armed robbery 

24 Oct 17

Two armed men threatened workers and stole cigarettes and cash at the Spar on Abbey Road in Lower Gorna…

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Stoptober – Are you Taking Part? 

23 Oct 17

Are you taking part in Stoptober this month? If you are, there is a good chance that you have turned to vaping in order to give up your traditional cigarettes.

‘Stoptober’ operations aim to prevent the sale of counterfeit tobacco 

20 Oct 17

OPERATIONS aimed at preventing and disrupting the sale of counterfeit tobacco are taking place throughout October in Staffordshire.

Record haul of illegal cigarettes seized in city 

10 Oct 17

Over one million illegal cigarettes were seized in a joint operation between Coventry Trading Standards, Coventry Police and Immigration yesterday (9 October).