Detection dogs have helped to uncover more than £27,500 worth of illegal tobacco in Scarborough.

The specialist dogs from Wagtail UK helped during intelligence lead coordinated raids by North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards.

The dogs were able to identify illicit products hidden in cardboard boxes, kitchen shelving units and concealed drawers. Overall 29,000 cigarettes and 29.25kg of tobacco were discovered.

Illegal tobacco is considered to be more harmful and offenders can face unlimited fines and up to ten years in prison if found in possession.

People who deal in illegal tobacco are more likely to encourage others, especially children and young adults, to smoke. All tobacco is harmful but the illegal tobacco market and in particular the availability of cheap cigarettes makes it harder for smokers to quit and remain smoke-free.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire