Dangerous toys seized at port

Businesses bringing children’s toys into the UK are being warned to check those goods meet strict safety standards so young lives are not put at serious risk – and importers don’t get hit with a bill for ensuring the products never reach the high street. Kent County Council (KCC) Trading Standards issued the warning after…

Illicit tobacco suppliers raided

Three suspected illicit tobacco suppliers were visited today in a joint operation involving Kent Trading Standards and Kent Police officers. Part of the wider Operation CeCe – a National Trading Standards initiative in partnership with HMRC to tackle illegal tobacco – two shops in Cliftonville, Margate, and one in Ramsgate, were targeted. Officers seized 43…

Illegal tobacco seized from hidden hole in shop ceiling

Boxes of suspected counterfeit e-cigarettes were seized from a concealed storage space above a ceiling at a Maidstone business as part of a nationwide crackdown on the illegal tobacco trade. The contraband was recovered at the premises in Knightrider Street on Wednesday (19 January 2022) during a joint operation involving police and Kent County Council…

KCC Cabinet to review bold border vision as Leader calls for ‘County Deal’ for Kent’s EU gateway

A major upgrade of Kent’s continental border is needed to keep the UK’s vital supply and travel routes flowing. An innovative, long-term programme to create future-ready, and future-proofed, smart borders in Kent would also act as a catalyst for regeneration in the east of the county – helping to unlock jobs and housing, attract business…