July 24 2014 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Friday, February 14, 2014
Illegal tobacco products, medicines and unsafe lighters worth £7,000 have been seized by police from a business.
The owner of the Ilford site was given a caution on suspicion of the sale and possible further possession of illegal products after officers discovered the items.
Seized products included cigarettes which did not comply with the Consumer Protection Act and appeared to be counterfeit.
The owner had previously been given a caution for possessing counterfeit and incorrectly labelled cigarettes, as well as chewing tobacco, in December 2013.
He had been trading under a different name at the time.
The action followed an operation on February 4 where seven police cadets, with an average age of 15, visited the Ilford site and eight others to attempt to purchase alcohol and cigarettes.
All of them refused to serve the teenagers.
A cadet coordinator took part in the operation, along with uniformed officers and officers from trading standards and licensing enforcement.
Fifteen premises had been listed for test purchasing on the night, based on intelligence gleaned by safer neighbourhood teams and requests from the licensing authority to visit sites which had failed similar tests.