Another arrest in crackdown on illegal tobacco

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A MAN was arrested on suspicion of fraud following a police raid in the town centre, which uncovered almost £20,000 worth of counterfeit cigarettes.

Hastings neighbourhood police team along with Trading Standards officers successfully executed two evidential warrants on November 9.

Along with the cigarettes, officers seized three vehicles and £1,000 cash.

Sergeant Simon Yates, leading the operation, said: “This is another substantial find, and shows that the police and trading standards are working relentlessly towards preventing the illicit and counterfeit sales of tobacco within Hastings.”

The 31-year-old local man has been bailed until December 29.

Operation Haytown is an ongoing crackdown by Hastings police, targeting sales of illegal and counterfeit tobacco.

Six men were arrested in raids on four premises and one residential address in central St Leonards on October 20, during which £10,000 worth of counterfeit cigarettes were confiscated.

Two properties were closed down for failing to meet fire safety standards.

Anyone with information on illicit tobacco sales is urged to contact police on 101, quoting ‘Operation Haytown’.