Illegal tobacco and cannabis seized in Clitheroe raid

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A large haul of illegal goods, including cannabis and tobacco, has been seized in a raid on a house in Clitheroe, police revealed today.

In a joint operation, officers from the Ribble Valley neighbourhood police team and Lancashire County Council’s Trading Standards Service raided the house in Lime Street and uncovered more than 3,000 illegal cigarettes, almost 2Kg of counterfeit tobacco, more than 300 blue and white tablets, 44 containers of alcohol and a tub of cannabis bush.

The raid happened last Friday but police only revealed details today.

The action came after members of the public highlighted concerns to local police officers.

The items have now been sent off for forensic analysis and inquiries are on-going to decide appropriate follow-up action.

Community beat manager PC Cath Towler said: “We were taking action to address community concerns about items being sold to underage children in the area.

“We know the harm illegal products such as tobacco, alcohol and drugs can bring to our communities - particularly if they are being supplied to children. We will continue to act on information from the public to remove illegal goods from our communities and I urge anyone with information to contact police or Trading Standards.”

Janice Hanson, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for public protection and waste, added: “Sellers of illegal goods are a menace to communities and often target children, getting them hooked on cheap tobacco and alcohol from an early age.

“Anyone thinking of breaking the law in Lancashire should beware – Lancashire Constabulary and Trading Standards will work together to shut you down.”

Anyone with information or concerns can contact police on 101 or people can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. For consumer advice please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline on 08454 040506.