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Illegal tobacco worth £75k seized in raids across Kent

Seventy-five thousand pounds worth of illegal tobacco has been seized by authorities in the latest crackdown on smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes.

Raids took place across seven shops in Gravesend and Dartford which led to the discovery of one of the largest hauls the Kent Trading Standards team has ever found. Nashreen Issa reports.

The interviewee is Richard Strawson from the Trading Standards team in Kent.


  1. Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse

Farmers hope to benefit from rail firm's brand plans

One of the region's biggest train companies is hoping to change the often negative reputation of rail catering.

First Great Western is ditching well-known national brands of food and drink from its trains and replacing them with produce from local farms and suppliers.

But unions claim there will be less catering and fewer jobs:

Train operator to go local with brand replacement

First Great Western is replacing well-known national brands of food and drink from its trains and instead using produce from local farms and suppliers.

Dan Panes, from the train-operator, says the move is an attempt to boost the local economy:

The announcement comes as unions claim jobs will be lost when new trains are rolled out which don't have room for a buffet service.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union is claiming that new high-speed trains which have been commissioned by the Government do not include a buffet car.

Isle of Wight jobs boost for new wind turbine factory

A new wind turbine factory based in Newport, Isle of Wight, has announced it will create 200 jobs for local people.

The announcement from manufacturer Vestas comes after they closed their factory with mass redundancies for the Island in 2010.

wind turbine Credit: PA

The job boom is part of a commercial project by a Danish company and Japanese firm Mitsubish.


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2,000 Tesco jobs at risk as store closure list revealed

Tesco Credit: PA Wire

Around 2,000 Tesco workers have been told their jobs are at risk after the supermarket giant announced the location of 43 store closures.

Seven superstores and six Homeplus outlets are among the unprofitable shops identified for closure by new chief executive Dave Lewis.

Mr Lewis said: "The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard-working colleagues, our customers and local communities.

"Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and, wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco."

The cafe where you decide how much to pay!

Now, imagine a cafe where YOU decide how much to pay for your cup of tea or sandwich. It seems too good to be true, but in a cafe in Banbury that's exactly what you do.

The owner says she's relying on customers to do the right thing by making a suitable donation in a box next to the non-existent till. But will the idea of paying what you want catch on? Cary Johnston went to find out.

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