Thousands of fake cigarettes seized in Wolverhampton crackdown

Thousands of potentially lethal fake cigarettes have been seized in a trading standards crackdown in Wolverhampton.

Council officers targeted businesses across the city believed to have been selling illegal tobacco products.

During the two-day operation they uncovered 25,000 counterfeit and duty free cigarettes and 3kg of illegal chewing tobacco.

Sniffer dogs were used to detect stashes hidden in furniture, freezers and clothing.

Action will now be taken against the owners of the premises where counterfeit goods were found and further investigations will be carried out to identify their suppliers.