Man arrested at Alwyn Road car boot sale with 7,000 counterfeit cigarettes

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Police arrested a man at a car boot sale in Rugby on Saturday on suspicion of selling counterfeit cigarettes.

The 50-year-old man was arrested at Alwyn Road car boot on Saturday by local Safer Neighbourhood officers.

The haul of more than 7,000 cigarettes and over 3kg of tobacco was seized.

This is the second seizure of this kind in the last three weeks by the local team.

PC Henri Duffield-Smith, for Rugby Town West, said: “Counterfeit cigarettes can contain high amounts of toxic substances and have been known to contain faeces, insects and asbestos.

“It is also known that they are sold to fund organised crime, so it is important that they are taken off the streets.

“Anyone with information on non-duty paid or counterfeit cigarettes can contact their local team, Warwickshire Trading Standards or Crimestoppers”.

The man has now been bailed pending further enquiries.

Call Warwickshire Trading Standards on (01926) 414040 and Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.