Man arrested as more than 180,000 suspected counterfeit cigarettes seized

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A huge haul of suspected counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco has been seized at convenience shops in Dewsbury town centre.

Officers from the Dewsbury and Mirfield Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) and West Yorkshire Trading Standards officers raided several stores across the town.

More than 180,000 suspected counterfeit cigarettes were found at a single business, on Bradford Road.

Other goods including watches, headphones and handbags were also confiscated.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of copyright and trademark offences. He was bailed as enquiries continue.

Inspector Jenny Thompson, who is in charge of the NPT, said: “This day of action shows that we take the issue of counterfeiting goods seriously.

“By having a highly visible presence across the town we help to reassure residents that we mean business. If you are aware of any criminal activity in your area then please get in touch. If you tell us we will act.”

Coun Andrew Pinnock, of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards committee, added: “This seizure sends a warning to traders that West Yorkshire Trading Standards will crack down on the supply of illicit tobacco products.”

To report the sale of counterfeit goods call Citizens Advice on 08454 040506.

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