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5.8 million cigarettes seized at Dover

Cigarettes smuggled into Dover Photo: PA

Nearly 6 million cigarettes have been seized at Dover's Eastern Docks. Border Force officers stopped at Polish-registered truck which had arrived at the Port on a ferry from Calais.

Paperwork for the vehicle's load declared it was laden with pallets of insulation and "eco wood". But when a search of it was carried out only 6 pallets were found and 24 pallets of cigarettes.

"This is a significant seizure, had the smuggling attempt not been detected, it would have cost the Treasury approximately £1.7m in unpaid duty and VAT."

– David Smith, Deputy Director of Border Force South East and Europe

Border Force officers use hi-tech equipment to detect banned and restricted goods smugglers try to bring into the UK.

"The black market sale of cigarettes cheats honest traders and it is effectively stealing money from the public purse that could be used to pay for healthcare, education and other services.

"People tempted by cheap cigarettes and tobacco should think again."

– David Smith, Deputy Director of Border Force South East and Europe