Following tip-off’s from members of the public and police intelligence, the team, including Wagtail UK Limited dogs, Alfie and Ozzie helped detect concealed stashes of tobacco in two of the premises targeted.

Cllr Lynn Riley, CWaC executive member for localities, said: “Tobacco detection dogs have become valued members of the team but they are not so popular with those who sell contraband or counterfeit tobacco.”

She continued, “Dogs like Ozzie and Alfie can find tobacco and cigarettes even if they are hidden in the most unlikely places. In one of the premises, the stash of illicit tobacco was concealed behind an innocent-looking shelving unit on a wall. Luckily, super sniffer dog Alfie was on the case and pointed officers directly to it.”

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