Sniffer dogs in Twickenham to highlight dangers of illegal tobacco trade

Release Date: 12 July 2018

Sniffer dogs descended on the Civic Centre in Twickenham yesterday as the Illegal Tobacco Roadshow stopped off in Richmond upon Thames.

The Roadshow is part of a campaign, supported by London councils, London Trading Standards, Public Health England London and London Association of Directors of Public Health, to highlight the dangers of illegal tobacco trade and encourage members of the public to report premises and individuals involved in the trade.  

Richmond’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Cllr Liz Jaeger attended the Roadshow and said:

“It was great to go along and hear about the dangers of the illegal tobacco trade. I hope that people who attended engaged with the team and shared any relevant information to help with their work in the borough.

“Last year over 21,000 illegal tobacco products were seized in a series of raids across 11 London boroughs, as a result of the intelligence gathered from the roadshows and I’m sure this year will be just as successful.”

The sale of illegal tobacco is a criminal offence. Anyone wishing to report the selling of illegal tobacco can report anonymously via the Stop Illegal Tobacco website or by calling the confidential Illegal Tobacco hotline on 0300 999 6999

Notes for editors

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Reference: P346/18

Updated: 31 July 2018