Customs raid nets illicit alcohol

26 November, 2010

Customs officers have seized more than 300 litres of illicit alcohol, 7,800 cigarettes and 6.3kg of tobacco in raids on four shops in two areas of Nottingham.

The haul should have netted £4,000 in tax, and one arrest was made as a result.

Sergeant Paul Edwards-Cleaves of Nottingham Police said: “It sends a clear message that we won’t tolerate activity on our streets. We will continue to crack down on illicit and unregulated items in the run-up to Christmas.”?HMRC specialist investigation detection manager Keith Morgan added: “This illegal trade has a devastating effect on legitimate retailers having to compete with black market traders, particularly at Christmas, one of the busiest times of the year for alcohol and tobacco sales.

“We would appeal to local people and businesses to join us in the fight against crime and encourage anyone with information relating to illegally imported goods or tax evasion and fraud to contact the customs hotline on 0800 595 000 or email

HMRC teamed up with Nottingham’s Community Protection directorate, which includes Trading Standards and police, for the raids.

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