Police seize £9,000-worth of cigarettes near the airport.

CUSTOMS have seized nine cases of cigarettes and an inflatable boat near the runway.

The tobacco has been valued at around £9,000, and was taken this morning just off Emerson’s Place, close to the western end of the runway.

A Spanish national, 40, has been arrested and released on bail following the incident.

It comes after plans to give officers tougher search powers under the Tobacco Act as part of a wider crackdown on cigarette smuggling.

They include being given the ability to searchpremises that are licensed under the Act without a warrant.