Reporter attacked over cigarette sting


A BBC investigation is set to expose the organised crime groups controlling Scotland's illegal tobacco trade.

Illegal products being sold by crime gangs were bought by a BBC Scotland undercover team, who secretly filmed the supply chain.

Half of all hand-rolled tobacco smoked in the UK is now counterfeit, as is one in every five cigarettes.

The illegal trade is estimated to cost the Treasury billions of pounds in lost taxes.

Products bought by the BBC team were tested and shown to have the highest levels of toxins recorded in the UK.

BBC reporter Sam Poling was assaulted during the undercover investigation.

The attack happened when Ms Poling confronted market sellers following months of secret filming for the programme BBC Scotland Investigates: Smoking and the Bandits.

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