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Cigarettes used as arcade prizes at Liverpool funfair

Cigarettes offered as arcade game prizes at a funfair in Liverpool have been seized.

The 25 packets with foreign labels were with scratchcards and teddies in machines at the Blackpool Comes to Liverpool funfair in Walton Hall Park.

Gary Baskott from Trading Standards said it was "unacceptable" and they would keep checking the machines while the fair was in the city.

Owner Jan de Koning said the find was "absolutely not something we condone".

He said: "We run the fair and the rides but the business with the contraband was one of our concessionaires and we weren't aware they were there.

"We do run regular checks but obviously these machines had been missed.

"The concessionaires were severely reprimanded."

Mr Baskott said: "We seized them as evidence as there were no labels and it was a potential trademark issue, but it's clearly an environment where young people go and there's a potential that young people could get them."

The fair was set up in Walton Hall Park on Thursday and will stay until 26 May.

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