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Illegal vapes and counterfeit cigarettes seized after Lancaster ‘test purchase’ operation

A large quantity of illegal vapes and counterfeit cigarettes have been seized after a ‘test purchase’ operation in Lancaster and Morecambe.

Lancaster Neighbourhood Police and Trading Standards recently worked in a plain clothes operation, to test if premises within Lancaster and Morecambe were selling vapes or illicit cigarettes to underage children.

The operation works with an underage person who entered the premises and attempted to buy a vape. The volunteers for these operations are aged between 14 and 16-years-old, and are shadowed by plain clothes officers and Trading Standards staff.

Morecambe PCSO Pete Atkinson said: ‘’This joint agency operation resulted in a large quantity of illegal vapes and counterfeit cigarettes being seized following failed test purchases.

‘’Premises within Lancaster and Morecambe will be working closely with both Police and Trading Standards to ensure they adhere to expectations.

‘’There will be further test purchases in the future.’’

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