Sussex

Six bailed after fake cigarette raids in Hastings

Cigarette raid arrest
Image caption Six people were arrested in raids on four shops and one residential address

Six men who were arrested after fake and smuggled cigarettes were seized in police raids on shops in East Sussex have been bailed.

A total of 140,000 cigarettes and thousands of packets of hand rolling tobacco were seized in the raids.

Police said the goods, seized from four shops and one residential address in Hastings and St Leonards, had a street value of about £30,000.

Two shops were closed down for suspected breaches of fire regulations.

It follows a BBC South East investigation in which covert filming uncovered an illegal trade in cigarettes and tobacco taking place in four stores in Hastings.

The six men have been bailed until 5 December.

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