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Dudley crackdown hailed a hit in the battle to beat the bootleggers
9:00am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Local
DUDLEY Council is claiming a crackdown on illegal booze and cigarettes has hit bootleggers hard across the borough.
More than 20,000 smuggled cigarettes and 170 bottles of illegal alcohol have been confiscated by trading standards officers in the region during the past year.
The clampdown, on goods which are sold without tax being paid, resulted in the seizure of smuggled smokes estimated to be worth more than £7,000 and alcohol valued at around £2,000 since July 2012.
Trading standards officers also carried out 240 test shopping operations to uncover retailers who were selling to underage drinkers and smokers. A total 15 fixed penalty notices and 12 reviews of the licence at premises were handed out for the illegal sale of alcohol.
Councillor Tracy Wood, Dudley cabinet member for environment and culture, said: “We have had a hugely successful year in cracking down on the sale of alcohol and cigarettes to under age people. We advise owners about the importance of obeying the law and take action against those who ignore it."
The crackdown was partly funded by the council’s office of public health as part of a drive to tackle underage smoking and drinking.
Councillor Stuart Turner, Dudley cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “I’m delighted with the success of the crackdown on underage sales of alcohol and cigarettes. This goes a long way to tackling smoking in the borough by stopping the sale of cigarettes to young people who later become addicted.
“I look forward to more success from trading standards in helping protect the health and well being of the borough.”
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