It's a sad reality but the demand for designer dogs - at this time of year - is fuelling the illegal puppy trade.
Tiny Pugs, French Bulldogs and Chow Chow puppies are being smuggled into Britain from Europe to be sold online to unsuspecting families.
Many are unwell, unvaccinated and taken from their mothers too young. Our Correspondent, Derek Johnson has been to a quarantine kennel where puppies are being cared for.
A lorry driver who smuggled more than 147 million cigarettes into the UK hidden behind crates of rotting pears has been jailed for almost seven years. The cigarettes were worth an estimated £32 million in lost duty.
HM Revenue and Customs officers foiled Hans Verhoeven’s plan in July 2014 when they stopped him at The Junction 26 Truck Stop, off the M25 near Waltham Abbey, in Essex.
The 45-year-old told officers he was transporting fruit and bread, but when they opened the container they found vast quantities of cigarettes.
Verhoeven was arrested and later admitted making at least 18 smuggling runs in the past, each time carrying a similar load packed behind crates of pears.
Border Force officers have seized more than two tonnes of hand rolling tobacco being smuggled into the UK through Dover on a lorry. Officers stopped an Italian-registered lorry after it arrived from Calais on a ferry on 19th January.
After questioning the Romanian driver, Border Force officers searched the lorry and found the tobacco hidden under the a cargo of cheese. Officials say the haul could have cost the Treasury about £328,000 in unpaid excise duty.
Ten men have been arrested by HM & Revenue Customs officers investigating a freight warehouse at Heathrow. The site is believed to have been be used for cigarette and drug smuggling. The HMRC said the arrests sent a clear message to would-be smugglers.
The ten arrested men have been released without charge until September pending further inquiries.
Customs officers investigating a freight warehouse at Heathrow believed to have been used for cigarette and drug smuggling, have arrested ten men - from Southall, Frimley, Stanmore, West Drayton, High Wycombe, Luton, Forest Gate and Manchester.
The ten men have been released on bail without charge until September, pending further inquiries. Around 90 investigators from HMRC, working with officers from Border Force, searched the warehouse in Heathrow.
The officers also searched eight residential and three business properties in Frimley in Surrey; Southall, Stanmore and West Drayton in Middlesex; High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and Luton in Bedfordshire. During the investigation the following items were seized:
- Six kilos of crystal amphetamine with an estimated street value of £180,000
- Approximately £54,000 in cash
- One LDV high top van
- Two HGV lorries
- A quantity of Kamagra jelly
- Computers, mobile phones and business records.