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Colchester: Police and Trading Standards raids seize around £10,000 in illegal tobacco products

PUBLISHED: 17:14 22 October 2014 | UPDATED: 17:14 22 October 2014

Tobacco seized as part of a joint Trading Standards and Essex Police operation in Colchester

Tobacco seized as part of a joint Trading Standards and Essex Police operation in Colchester

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Joint raids by police and trading standards have searched five buildings in Colchester today, seizing around £10,000 in illegal tobacco products.

Essex Police and Essex Trading Standards searched the buildings as part of Operation Trivium, a nationwide initiative targeting foreign criminality.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Police assisted officers from Trading Standards when five search warrants were executed in Colchester on Wednesday October 22 in connection with suspected illegal cigarettes.

“Two commercial premises and three privates address were searched as part of Operation Trivium.

“Trading Standards officers seized a quantity of cigarettes during searches.”

An Essex Trading Standards spokesperson said: “This joint Essex Police and Essex Trading Standards operation involved the execution of five warrants to three commercial premises and two residential addresses in Colchester.

“Despite an elaborate system to keep the goods hidden, a large amount of counterfeit rolling tobacco and non-duty paid cigarettes were found in a retail premises with the help of a specially trained sniffer dog.

“One man was arrested and later bailed pending further enquiries.”

The Orwell Bridge has reopened this morning after 80mph winds battered Suffolk and brought its closure.

Several schools in Suffolk are to remain closed or open later this morning amid high winds.

Across Suffolk, dozens of bands, singers, solo acts, choirs and orchestras ply their trade on evenings and weekends as part of the county’s eclectic night time economy.

High winds have led to rail service cancellations including on the mainline from Suffolk and Essex to London and local routes between Sudbury and Marks Tey.

High winds have brought down overhead power cables leaving homes in many Suffolk and Essex communities without electricity.

A well known west Suffolk pub has suddenly closed its doors after the district council received a licence review application from police, stating the premises was ‘associated with serious crimes and disorder’.

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