5.7m smuggled cigarettes found hidden in lorry meant to be carrying children's play equipment
Monday 26 November 2012
More than 5.7 million smuggled cigarettes have been found by Border Force officers in a lorry that was meant to be carrying children's play equipment.
Staff at the port of Hull found the haul on an unaccompanied trailer that arrived on a ferry from Rotterdam.
The load was listed as "kindergarten equipment" but actually contained 5,760,000 cigarettes, worth more than £1,410,000 in unpaid duty.
It comes less than three weeks after 10.5 million cigarettes were seized at nearby Immingham.
Sam Bullimore, a spokesman for the Border Force, said: "We will continue to make life as tough as possible for those people who seek to smuggle cigarettes into the UK.
"This is not a victimless crime, as it defrauds the public purse out of huge sums of money and undercuts those traders who ply an honest trade.
"Anyone who chooses to buy counterfeit cigarettes may also be contributing to the funding of serious organised crime groups.
"We have expert and experienced staff who, supported by sniffer dogs and the latest technology, work round the clock to keep our border secure."
The seizure was made on Thursday afternoon and the shipment will be destroyed.
In the financial year 2010/11, the agency seized more than 650 million cigarettes and 314.7 tonnes of hand-rolling tobacco at the UK border.
Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed
Michael Brown shooting: Ferguson police shoot and kill second young black man
James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
Iraq crisis: Islamic State's message to America - 'We will drown you all in blood'
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
- 1 Michael Brown shooting: Amnesty International sends team within US for first time as National Guard deployed
- 2 James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
- 3 Reading Festival 2014: Tesco branch replaces salad and potatoes for Jagermesiter and vodka
- 4 Here’s the damning letter Robin Williams wrote to his Mrs Doubtfire co-star's principal after they expelled her
- 5 Ferguson protests: 90-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein ‘arrested’ by police during St Louis demonstrations