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Traders Selling Illegal Goods Arrested
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 5th September 2007 @ 1:31 PM | Filed Under: The Market

Traders Selling Illegal Goods Arrested

Action has been taken against the ongoing problem of illegal cigarette sales in Ingoldmells. A raid on Monday 27th August by HM Revenue and Customs resulted in two gangs being broken up as they were selling the illegal products on a makeshift table on Sea Lane. Three individuals were arrested as a second group fled from the scene; successfully being disrupted from selling to passers-by on one of the busiest days of the year for the resort.

1,920, potentially counterfeit, cigarettes and 2.7kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized on the day by Customs. The gangís proceeds of approximately £1000 and their car were also confiscated by Police. Itís estimated that around £800 of duty had been lost as the gang had been selling smuggled produce.

The men arrested were interviewed at Skegness Police Station, and released pending an ongoing enquiry into the case. Signs around Ingoldmells Market make it clear that it is illegal to trade produce that hasnít had full duty paid. Steve Hazell, a spokesman for HMRC said: "Anyone who thinks they are getting a bargain buying cheap cigarettes or tobacco might not realise this illegal trade damages honest businesses in the area, costs billions in lost revenue and lines the pockets of criminals instead of funding public services. If you are tempted to buy cheap smuggled cigarettes remember that you may be funding organized crime. Anyone with information on smuggled goods can contact our confidential hotline on 0800 59 5000."

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