£8,000 in illegal vapes and tobacco seized in Rubery shop raid - The Bromsgrove Standard

£8,000 in illegal vapes and tobacco seized in Rubery shop raid

Bromsgrove Editorial 21st May, 2024   0

ILLEGAL vapes and illicit cigarettes with an estimated street value of £8,000 have been seized from a shop in Rubery.

Following community concerns around the shop on New Road – American Candy – police and Worcestershire Trading Standards (WTS) carried out a raid on May 15.

Officers from Rubery Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and WTS were addressing concerns raised that the store was suspected of selling illegal vapes to both adults and children under the age of 18.

Trading Standards seized seven bags of illegal vapes with an estimated street value of £7,500 and illicit tobacco products with an estimated value of £500.

Police sergeant Katie Ward, of Rubery SNT, said: “This was a highly successful multi-agency operation with multiple illegal cigarettes and vapes taken off our streets, halting criminal activity and safeguarding our communities.

“This disruption is a real positive action that will help to prevent and stop the sale of illegal vapes to both children and adults.

“We were acting upon community concerns, and it was good to receive some positive comments from Rubery residents as we were carrying out the visit.

“Further enquiries will now be made with the shop premises’ owners and those running the business seeking to deal with any outstanding offences.

“The sale of counterfeit cigarettes and illegal vapes are linked to organised crime gangs. We will not tolerate any criminal operations in our area and urge anyone with information about them to report it.”

The raid was supported by fire safety officers and Bromsgrove District Council.

Visit https://www.westmercia.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ to report a crime.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously at www.crimestoppers-org.uk or call 0800 555 111.


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