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Latest News - Cigarettes & tobacco

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Wisbech shop staff Nazhad Fatihi and Hadi Rafiq fined for selling counterfeit cigarettes

19 January 2018

Shop workers ordered to pay £7,785 in fines between them.

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Over 4,000 COUNTERFEIT items worth more than £130,000 seized in raids in Wales over Christmas

14 January 2018

Welsh councils' trading standards teams carried out 39 raids and netted 4,391 items believed to be fake, including toys, clothes, footwear and cosmetics.

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Sentenced! Shrewsbury shopkeeper who sold counterfeit cigarettes

13 January 2018

It was estimate the counterfeited goods would have made £5,000, meaning the local authority would have missed out on roughly £3,600 in duty contributions.

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Hayes market trader fined £110,000 for money laundering and possession of 1000s of COUNTERFEIT tobacco products

10 January 2018

Around 1,000 packets of cigarettes and 1,000 pouches of tobacco were found bearing counterfeit trademarks for brands including Marlboro, Benson & Hedges, and Golden Virginia.

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Trader jailed following seizure of 8,000 counterfeit and dangerous items

09 January 2018

Kashif Haq had fake items worth more than £100,000, including iPhone chargers, Beats headphones and Hello Kitty dolls.

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Pre-Christmas operations by Ealing Council and the police led to seizure of counterfeit and illicit items

27 December 2017

Overall, 4,797 items of mobile accessories were taken from four premises in Bridge Road, including 3,300 counterfeit batteries which are now being examined for safety reasons.

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Sentenced: gang flooding streets with potentially deadly counterfeit cigarettes

27 December 2017

A former Freeman Street shop owner has been convicted of trading in illegal cigarettes including knock off Mayfair and Richmond brands.

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'Counterfeit Street': The trail of misery behind the designer knock-off you are getting for Christmas

23 December 2017

How buying fake designer goods can help modern slavery and gangsters whose other activities involve ‘a pump action shotgun, dum-dum bullets and amphetamines’

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City shopkeeper taken to court after selling fake cigarettes from secret stash

20 December 2017

‘Naïve’ shop owner Abdulla Qadir has been hit with a court fine after he sold illegal cigarettes from a secret cabinet. The 37-year-old was running Milano Mini Market in Boughey Road, Shelton, when it was raided by Trading Standards.

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Fake goods worth £3m seized during raids in Strangeways

18 December 2017

Fleeing traders closed electronic shutters - trapping customers inside shops - in a failed bid to thwart investigators as they swooped on eleven shops in the Strangeways area of the city

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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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