Crackdown on illegal cigs

Council chiefs have called on residents to help stamp out illegal tobacco sales in north Northumberland as part of a national campaign.

Northumberland County Council is supporting Crimestoppers’ Keep it Out campaign, which calls for people to report illegally imported tobacco and cigarettes.

Illicit imports cost the Government millions of pounds a year as they evade Government duty fees.

And there are fears that they encourage young people to take up smoking after a study found that teenagers are twice as likely as adults to buy tobacco illegally.

Professor Sue Milner, director of public health and protection at the council, said: “We need information from residents so that we can target our efforts and we can reassure the public that action will be taken against illegal sellers.”

To report illegal sales, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, or visit