Vapes: More than £24,000 of illegal cigarettes and vapes seized in Dewsbury as police pledge to 'take revenue streams away from those who create misery in our communities'

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Banned vapes and cigarettes worth more than £24,000 have been seized in Dewsbury.

Raids were carried out at two convenience and food stores by officers from the Dewsbury Town Centre Team, Dewsbury and Mirfield Neightbourhood Policing Team and West Yorkshire Trading Standards staff.

They found extensive quantities of contraband goods including 610 cartons – each containing 20 cigarettes - and 122 unlicensed vapes at one store and 706 cigarette cartons and 146 vapes at the other.

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Inspector Mark Pattinson, of Kirklees District Police, said: “We are continuing our enquiries with partners at West Yorkshire Trading Standards following these very substantial seizures of illegal goods in Dewsbury.

The vapes were seized from shops in DewsburyThe vapes were seized from shops in Dewsbury
The vapes were seized from shops in Dewsbury

“It is proven that money raised from illegal tobacco sales can be used to fund organised crime and these illegal products can also be more harmful to public health due to lack of regulation and testing.

“For these reasons it is really important we act to restrict the sale of such products to protect public health and take revenue streams away from those who create misery in our communities.

“None of us want to see organised crime in our neighbourhoods and I encourage residents to keep contacting us with any information which can help us disrupt criminal activity and the sale of illegal goods.”

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Anyone with concerns or information about crime in their area can contact police by calling 101 or by using the live chat on West Yorkshire Police’s website.

Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.