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Tobacco clampdown bites

Published Monday, 15 December 2014

Enfield Council and customs officers have seized illicit tobacco and alcohol from four retailers after launching raids on properties across the borough.

Trading Standards officers and officers from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs swooped on 13 premises, had 4 seizures and removed 1,460 cigarettes and 900 grams of tobacco which had the seller had not paid the tax for. They also removed 12 bottles of counterfeit vodka.

All matters are now subject to further investigation which may results in prosecution by either the Local Authority or HMRC and/or a review of any premises license.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Traders who sell illicit booze and don’t pay the duty on cigarettes and alcohol are ripping off the tax man and diverting money away from vital public services.

“Not only that but they are getting an unfair advantage over legitimate traders who pay their dues. It’s unfair, illegal and we won’t stand for it.”

Members of the public should report any concerns about premises possibly selling non duty paid tobacco/alcohol to Email

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