HM Revenue and Customs carried out a search warrant seizing 15,000 cigarettes and 7.5 Kg tobacco after information was passed to them from the Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team who had responded to calls from worried residents that children had been buying cigarettes and tobacco from a house.
The contraband worth £4,100 in unpaid excise and VAT was seized from a house in St Oswald’s Road, Holy cross. Officers seized cigarettes including the Regal, Business Royals, Jin Ling, John Player specials brands.
A local man was interviewed under caution for the offence and the case will be referred to Trading Standards officers to consider prosecution. Offences such as the evasion of excise duty can, in the most serious of cases, can carry a seven year prison sentence.