Thousands of counterfeit cigarettes seized on M6 North of Stone

Over a quarter of a million counterfeit cigarettes were seized on the M6 in north Staffordshire at lunchtime today.

A van was stopped by police near Keele services and officers discovered 257,000 counterfeit cigarettes with an estimated value of £60,000. Staffordshire County

Council’s trading standards team was alerted to the seizure and has taken possession of the haul. The van was stopped just after midday.

Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said:

“As a result of this action, the supply of thousands of harmful counterfeit cigarettes has been halted. “Counterfeit tobacco is damaging to people’s health and can undermine smoking cessation efforts as it is usually sold at a cheaper price. In addition, they can be a fire risk as they do not self-extinguish when left to burn as legitimate cigarettes do. We are always grateful for any information on the sale of counterfeit tobacco.”