TRADING standards officers have seized a large quantity of illegal cigarettes in Bradford after tip offs from the public

The haul included more than1,100 packets of suspected counterfeit cigarettes which cannot be legally sold in the UK.

A Keep It Out campaign has been running across West Yorkshire to tackle the trade in illegal tobacco and stop dealers who sell to children.

Bradford Council is determined to identify and bring to justice those who are involved in this trade and offenders will face consequences if they choose to deal in illegal tobacco, it says.

Councillor Val Slater, who is chairman of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Committee, said: “Those that trade in illegal tobacco target children and young smokers, the people making money out of this do not care who they sell to.

"This campaign was about raising awareness among local communities and all intelligence received from the public is welcome.”

Anyone with information on the sale of illegal tobacco can pass information confidentially to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.