Tyne & Wear

Illegal cigarettes seized from Howdon home

Police and customs officials have seized thousands of cigarettes from a house on Tyneside.

The raid, on a property in Howdon, followed reports from people living nearby, who were concerned that they were being sold to children.

The haul of 15,000 cigarettes and 7.5kg of tobacco was valued at more than £4,000 in unpaid excise and VAT.

A local man was interviewed under caution and the case is being sent to trading standards officers.

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