MORE than 10,000 cigarettes and 4.5kg of tobacco has been seized following an unannounced inspection.

Wiltshire Trading Standards officers, assisted by Salisbury Police, seized the goods from a shop in Salisbury.

Wiltshire Trading Standards said: "The items seized are believed to be a mixture of illicit whites – cigarettes mass-manufactured using fake brand names to be illegally imported into the UK and counterfeit cigarettes – illegally manufactured imitations of established brands. "

"As the manufacture of illicit tobacco products is completely unregulated customers have no way of knowing what harmful substances they contain.

"Previously seized products been found to include a variety of dangerous chemicals, asbestos and even rat poison; they also often lack the ability to self-extinguish if left unsmoked, posing a fire risk."

An investigation is underway following the seizure.

The sale of illicit tobacco can be reported at