Police seize fake cigarettes and quad bike in crackdown on anti-social behavior

PC Roger Morris, Darwen Town Center Community Beat Leader, patrols the area

Fake cigarettes and quad bikes were seized as part of a multi-agency operation to crack down on anti-social behavior.

Blackburn officers with Darwen have worked with Trading Standards and other police services including TacOps and Search Dogs as part of Anti-Social Behavior Awareness Week.

Yesterday, officers stopped four delivery drivers to check their car insurance; seized a quad in Darwen which was driven in an antisocial manner; and test knives, e-cigs and cigarettes purchased, three stores failing and being educated by business standards and police.

A police search dog also came across a bag of counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes, which was seized.

A second local also had counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes seized, as well as a large number of e-cigs and vapers.

Both premises are the subject of a trading standards investigation, supported by the police.

PC Dave Cookson said: ‘Today has been made possible by the insights you have provided to us – our community – and working with local partners to fight ASB.

“We know that anti-social behavior has a significant impact on our residents, and we will continue to work with you to fight crime and keep you safe.

“To help us help you, please sign up to Lancashire Talking to have your say on the issues that matter most to you, and we can continue to work together to keep Darwen safe”

ASB Awareness Week takes place each year in July, but police say it is a daily priority and underpins much of the work Neighborhood Officers do on a daily basis.

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