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Vape pens worth £5.5k seized by trading standards after raid in Southend shops

Seized - Raid in Southend <i>(Image: Southend Council / Canva)</i>
Seized - Raid in Southend (Image: Southend Council / Canva)

HUNDREDS of vape pens worth £5,500 have been seized by trading standards from a shop in Southend after a raid.

Vapes, cigarettes and tobacco were all seized during joint raids between Southend Council's Trading Standards officers and Essex Police.

Further raids on shops in Southchurch Road, Southend found over 900 disposable vape pens, worth £5,500.

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The vapes advertised 900 puffs, when any nicotine inhaling products complying with UK regulations can only have a maximum of 750 puffs, as this limits the nicotine strength and the size of the tank within the pen.

Southend Council’s Trading Standards team say they will continue to use all powers at their disposal to remove such products permanently from offending shops and will bring formal action against the business owners wherever possible.

Martin Terry, councillor responsible for public protection, said: “The ongoing investigating work being done by our Trading Standards team, means we are getting good results from the joint raids with the support of Essex Police.

“Once again thousands of pounds worth of illegal and harmful smoking products are off the streets of Southend and away from the unsuspecting public.”

All the seized disposable vapes, the illegal cigarettes and tobacco will be destroyed in an environmentally friendly process.