Illicit tobacco dealers targeted

Thousands of illegal cigarettes and hundreds of illicit vapes were seized by Kent Trading Standards and Kent Police in the latest operation to tackle the unlawful tobacco trade in the county. Working in partnership with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the multi-agency team carried out targeted raids on several retail premises, private residences and vehicles…

Brock traffic management to stay for now

Operation Brock will continue to remain in place as a precaution to manage the flow of freight traffic to the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel while cross-Channel ferry capacity remains reduced, the Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) partnership said today (Tuesday, 3 May). While one P&O ferry has now returned to service, no date has been…

Brock to stay on over Easter

Operation Brock will remain in place until after the Easter Bank Holiday weekend as a precaution to manage the flow of traffic to the Port of Dover and EuroTunnel, Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) leaders confirmed today. While both freight and passenger traffic has been flowing well along cross-Channel routes since the weekend, the volume of…

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…

Public thanked as KRF collective effort gets Kent through Shorts Straits festive rush

Kent’s residents and motorists have been thanked for their patience as Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) partners worked round-the-clock with Port of Dover and Eurotunnel over the pre-Christmas getaway weekend to help thousands of passengers get safely to their destination. Already a traditionally busy period for freight, as hauliers work to deliver goods and keep supermarket…

Kent prepared for summer travel after government lifts restrictions

Following today’s government announcement relaxing overseas travel rules from 19th July, Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) leaders say they stand ready to support the Department for Transport to meet its responsibilities on its strategic road network, helping to keep Kent moving and protecting local communities. In a statement to Parliament earlier on Thursday, Transport Secretary Grant…