Illegal tobacco and alcohol
Illegal tobacco and alcohol is often sold 'under the counter' in shops or from houses and there's generally no regard for safety or quality. Counterfeit tobacco and alcohol often contains dangerously high levels of toxic chemicals.
Children are known to buy illegal cigarettes and alcohol from complete strangers, who sell them with no regard to laws protecting children from these age restricted products.
Illicit Tobacco Partnership
We regularly visit shops, markets and car boot sales, to monitor for counterfeit and illegal goods. We also monitor popular auction and social websites.
We carry out visits to all shops that sell age-restricted products and help them make sure that they don’t break the law.
- knives and offensive weapons
Buying on behalf of children
It's an offence to buy alcohol on behalf of children. If you're caught you could be issued with an £80 penalty notice or a court could fine you up to £5,000.
We regularly test shops by sending in a young volunteer who tries to purchase one of these products. If you sell to our volunteers you'll be prosecuted.
We also investigate cigarettes and alcohol being sold to children from houses.