TRADING Standards Officers and their sniffer dogs will take to the streets of East Sussex this week to ask for the public’s help in tackling the sellers of illegal tobacco.
Illegal tobacco is known to make it easier for children to start smoking, as it is sold at cheap prices and there is evidence that its sale is linked to organised crime groups.
Trading Standards officers from East Sussex County Council will be joined by specially-trained tobacco detection dogs, Scamp, Phoebe and Yoyo, at the Illegal Tobacco Mobile Unit at the following locations:
• Monday, August 21: Hastings Town Centre, Robertson Street (by Debenhams)
• Tuesday, August 22: Asda Superstore, St Leonards on Sea
• Wednesday, August 23: Eastbourne Town Centre, Terminus Road
• Thursday, August 24: Tesco Extra, Eastbourne
The dogs, which are all ex-rescue dogs, have already helped officers sniff out thousands of pounds worth of illegal tobacco, which is often hidden behind fake walls or in unusual locations both inside and outside shops.