Illegal cigarettes costing law-abiding small shop owners thousands of pounds

It is the evil trade that is hoodwinking consumers, putting health at risk, robbing billions of pounds from the taxman and seriously harming local small businesses.

Yesterday the Daily Echo revealed how our exclusive research in the city had revealed a flood of illegal and fake tobacco products were openly being sold by some unscrupulous traders and individuals.

Our independent undercover investigators had no trouble in buying packets of cigarettes and roll you own (RYO) tobacco at a fraction of the true cost of legal, branded products.