A market trader at the Hempsted Meadows car boot site was raided by Trading Standards officers this morning for selling suspected illegal tobacco.
#8220;I know the head of Trading Standards fairly well and they are welcome here any time, if it prevents things like this happening.
#8220;I had a call from the site this morning to say something was going on, but that#8217;s as much as I know about the investigation,#8221; he said.
#8220;We will be carrying out proactive visits to all markets on the run up to Christmas.#8221;
About £1,200 worth of cigarettes and rolling tobacco, all believed to be counterfeit, was seized from the stall.
Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for trading standards at Gloucestershire County Council said: “Illegal tobacco is often produced without being subject to quality control. Aside from the usual health concerns associated with smoking; ingredients such as rat droppings, tea and dangerous heavy metals have all been found in counterfeit tobacco seized in the UK.
A tweet from Gloucestershire Trading Standards said: #8220;Seizure of £1200 worth counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco from market trader at Hempsted Meadows car boot Gloucester this morning following concerns raised by members of the public.