THE COUNCIL has seized more than £2,000 worth of illegal cigarettes as part of a crackdown on illegal tobacco.

The trading standards department seized over 12,000 cigarettes that were discovered during raids coordinated by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) and supported by the Department of Health.

The seizure included Marlboro Gold, NZ Gold, L&M Blue slim, L&M Green slim, Kent, Winston and Brendal which cannot be legally sold in the UK.

Detection dogs discovered concealed stashes of tobacco at two premises, with products hidden in various areas including a electronically operated roof space and electronically operated wall space.