Sniffer dogs help find tobacco

Milo the dog from Wagtail UK Ltd.
Milo the dog from Wagtail UK Ltd.

Sniffer dogs helped Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Service seize contraband tobacco in raids across Morecambe.

Twenty four packs of contraband tobacco products were seized after six retail premises were visited by Trading Standards and a sniffer dog.

Raids around the county are continuing, with a haul of over 400 illegal packs of cigarettes, tobacco and tobacco blunts seized so far.

The low price and easy availability of illegal tobacco encourages people to keep smoking, and children and young people are often targeted by unscrupulous traders.

The dogs help to find tobacco which unscrupulous traders often conceal in unusual places such as hidden compartments and seemingly-empty product boxes.

They were provided by Wagtail UK Ltd which supply detection dogs to a range of agencies.

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco should call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or the confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.