Illegal tobacco and counterfeit cigarettes worth about £5,500 have been seized from two shops in Gloucester and Cheltenham.
The operation involving Gloucestershire County Council’s Trading Standards team and Gloucestershire Police uncovered more than 9.5kg of hand rolling tobacco and 792 packets of cigarettes.
The shopkeepers and employees will now be formally interviewed by trading standards officers.
In Gloucester the illegal tobacco was kept on a person inside the shop and in a vehicle parked nearby. In Cheltenham, tobacco was concealed in an elaborate sliding shelf mechanism in a recess that stretched the length of the till.
“We encourage consumers to continue to report shops selling illegal tobacco because their valuable information can significantly help our investigations.
“We will remain vigilant and continue to take action to stop this criminal activity, which takes trade away from legitimate businesses in the county.”
Up to fifteen hundred homes in Bristol are without water this morning, after a water main burst at the Bromley Heath roundabout.
Engineers from Bristol Water are on site and have managed to turn off the water.
People in Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Winterbourne, Fishponds, Staple Hill, Easton, and Eastville are being warned they may be affected by loss of supply or poor pressure.
The burst water main has also caused traffic chaos with the closure of the Bromley Heath and Hambrook bypass.
Bristol Water customers are also being warned that some customers may experience some brown discolouration to their water once supply is restored.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this emergency – we are working to restore supplies to normal as quickly as possible.
Following work on a main it is possible that some customers may experience some orange or brown discolouration to their water.
This occurs when particles of iron normally deposited on the bottom of the iron water mains are disturbed by changes in flow.
If you experience this problem when your supply is restored we advise you to run the first mains fed cold water tap in your house (usually the kitchen tap) for a period of 30 minutes.