Around 200,000 counterfeit cigarettes and approximately 900,000 cans of beer, wine and spirits have been seized during a multi-agency operation.
“This demonstrates that by pooling resources we still retain the ability to take really effective actions against those individuals involved in the illicit sale of alcohol and cigarettes. Having all three agencies working so closely together ensures that every angle is covered, we create the maximum amount of disruption, in the shortest possible time. We are already looking at future potential targets, so anyone involved in this activity can expect to be raided and hit where criminals feel it the most – in their wallets.”
Andy Wright, Principal Trading Standards Officer said : “This was a great example of partnership working. All organisations involved made a substantial contribution towards the overall success of the Operation.
“From a Trading Standards point of view we were particularly pleased with the recovery of dangerous counterfeit cigarettes destined for retail sale in Grantham, non-English labelled medicines some of which should only be available on prescription in the UK and the huge quantity of non-duty paid alcohol.
“The supply of this alcohol distorts competition between businesses in the Grantham area making it difficult for legitimate, law abiding businesses to survive. The Trading Standards Service is committed to protecting the safety of residents, and fair competition between businesses in Lincolnshire”