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Illegal Tobacco and alcohol have been seized from a premises in Wrexham town centre.

Trading Standards Officers and North Wales Police assisted by specialist sniffer dogs visited a number of premises in Wrexham Town Centre last night, to investigate reports concerning the supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol.

This was part of an on-going campaign to stamp out the supply of these products and raise awareness of the harm they can cause.

Nearly 100 bottles of alcohol were seized under suspicion of being non-compliant with UK legislation and these are undergoing further investigation by Trading Standards.

Illegal tobacco products were also recovered from retail premises including so called “cheap white” cigarettes, and suspected counterfeit hand rolling tobacco.

Cllr Dana Davies Lead Member Health and Adult Social Care said: “It is good to see genuine partnership working between the Police and Trading Standards. The impact of illegal products in our community cannot be underestimated. They damage health, threaten the wellbeing of our children and have a detrimental impact on legitimate local business that lose trade to illegal sellers.

“The money lost through unpaid duty, is money that could have been spent on schools, hospitals and in our communities. This action sends a clear message to those that deal in illegal products.”

Officers in Wrexham routinely carry out spot checks on businesses across the county, and it is important to stress that we do this in a bid to protect local businesses and the local economy, as well as taking a firm line against businesses selling illegal products.

Should you wish to report any similar instances to Trading Standards you can do so by contacting the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.