More than 14,000 illegal cigarettes seized from one shop

More than 14,000 illegal cigarettes were seized from a shop in Thetford. Picture: Norfolk County Cou

More than 14,000 illegal cigarettes were seized from a shop in Thetford. Picture: Norfolk County Council Trading Standards - Credit: Norfolk County Council Trading Standards

More than 14,000 illegal cigarettes were seized from one shop in a Norfolk town.

The counterfeit cigarettes were discovered in a shop in Thetford on Tuesday (April 30) in a joint operation by Norfolk police, Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Breckland police posted a photo on Twitter which shows boxes and bags-full of the seized items filling the boot of a car.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said Trading Standards, along with other agencies, had visited three shops in Thetford although could not reveal the location.

She added: “One had no illegal tobacco, another had a small quantity and the third shop had the larger quantity. This was seized by HMRC and enquiries are ongoing.”

You can report illegal tobacco sales to 03454 040506 or 101.