Tyne & Wear

Cigarettes worth £1.9m seized in North Shields

Cigarettes worth £1.9m have been seized at a ferry port in North Shields.

The seizure of 10.4m cigarettes was made from a lorry trailer on Wednesday morning on a ferry from Holland.

A 40-year-old Bulgarian man has been arrested and bailed pending investigation according to the UK Border Agency.

The haul comprised of a range of cigarette brands, including king size Regal and a previously unseen variety called "Manchester".

Maggie Eyden, assistant director at the UK Border Agency, said: "In addition to making seizures like this, our officers are working day and night to prevent illegal drugs and dangerous weapons, as well as illegal immigrants, from reaching the UK."

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