Suffolk

Felixstowe port officers seize nine million cigarettes

Cigarettes in a container at Felixstowe
Image caption The nine million cigarettes, which were the Business Royals brand, filled the container

Border staff have seized nine million cigarettes at Felixstowe docks, which would have avoided £2m in unpaid tax.

Border Force said the cargo arrived on Wednesday, 17 April with a false manifest.

The cigarettes arrived at the port from Malaysia. The ship's documents claimed it was carrying plastic containers.

Charlotte Mann, Border Force officer at Felixstowe, said: "You would struggle to find a more brazen smuggling attempt.

"The container was full of cigarettes stacked floor to ceiling throughout," she added.

The government agency said confiscated cigarettes were destroyed.

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