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Latest News - Cigarettes & tobacco

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Shoppers warned about dangerous counterfeit goods

10 December 2019

Budgets are stretched and stores are selling out, so some shoppers might be tempted to look at cheaper versions available online or in the high street. But this is also where counterfeit traders are taking advantage and cashing in.

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Shop owner fined after sniffer dogs find tobacco in 'secret compartments'

09 December 2019

A Coventry shop owner has been ordered to pay almost £2,000 for selling counterfeit and smuggled cigarettes.

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Sale of fake designer goods funding INLA

09 December 2019

The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) are using the sale of fake designer goods to fund the paramilitary group according to the Gardai and PSNI.

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True cost of so-called bargains

09 December 2019

In recent years, trading standards officers across the region have seized millions of pounds worth of fake goods.

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How to protect yourself from Black Friday scams

20 November 2019

Scammers are finding new ways to deprive you of your hard earned money throughout the year. But shoppers impatiently searching for bargains on Black Friday next week will have con artists rubbing their hands with glee.

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Lorry drivers jailed for smuggling eight million counterfeit cigarettes through Port of Dover

15 November 2019

Kazakin and Gromek were both convicted of excise fraud at Maidstone Crown Court on 13 November 2019 and were each sentenced to four years and six months in prison.

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Fake cigarettes and tobacco worth £13,000 seized from Nelson shop

15 November 2019

The large haul of illicit cigarettes and tobacco were seized from a shop in Nelson on Thursday, by officers from Lancashire County Council.

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Takeaway closed after machetes, knives and counterfeit cigarettes seized

27 September 2019

Around £5,000 in cash was recovered along with thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco.

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Counterfeit and illicit tobacco seized in Stafford

20 September 2019

An ongoing operation to combat the sale of illicit and counterfeit tobacco in Stafford has seen the seizure of 3,280 cigarettes and 6,950g of hand-rolling tobacco.

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Former Matean Market owner caught selling counterfeit cigarettes

19 September 2019

Hazhar Merahmad, the former owner of Matean Market in Cowley, has been fined more than £6,500 after pleading guilty to 10 offences concerning the supply of illegal tobacco.

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About ACG

ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.

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Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.

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