A Nottingham man has been sentenced for evading close to £21,000 in excise duty, after smuggling 100kg of hand-rolling tobacco into Portsmouth Ferry Port. He was ordered to repay the duty within six months - or face 15 months in prison and still owe the money.
Paul Adlington concealed the tobacco within internal panelling of his Ford Transit van. He was arrested by Border Force officers at the city's continental ferry port in August, and pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday 10 January.
A cocker spaniel named Bradley helped Trading Standards officers uncover thousands of illegal cigarettes in Hastings and Eastbourne. Bradley is one of three sniffer dogs looking for fake tobacco products. Sussex in the first county in the South East to use dogs to detect illegal tobacco.
Large shops and supermarkets throughout the region have removed their tobacco displays today. The government wants to curb the number of young people taking up smoking. Cigarettes and other products will be kept below the counter. A fifth of adults still smoke, despite health warnings.