Man arrested as police find 1,230,000 cigarettes in a van

A man has been arrested after police stopped a van containing 1,230,000 suspected illegal cigarettes. Cleveland Police said the Renault was pulled over on Friday on the A19 in Teesside.

All 123 boxes - each containing 10,000 cigarettes - were seized. The 33-year-old driver of the van was arrested on suspicion of drug driving and HMRC related offences, a force spokesperson said.