Police Issue Closure Order To Shop In Huddersfield Town Centre

'International Express' shop in Huddersfield town centre. Picture courtesy of Google Street View

Officers say numerous operations have uncovered illegal activity at 'International Express' on John William Street.

Police in Kirklees have issued a closure order to a Huddersfield town centre shop, following numerous operations which uncovered illegal activity on the premises.

Officers say the multi-agency operations over the past two years have identified a continued disregard to public safety in the sale of counterfeit and illegal tobacco.

International Express is located on John William Street in Huddersfield, and on Monday 19 August at Kirklees Magistrates Court, a three-month Closure Order was granted.

Kirklees District Police has been working closely in partnership with Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Trading Standards, Safer Kirklees and Kirklees Licensing Team over a number of months to tackle the public nuisance and health risk in the illegal sales of tobacco and alcohol from the premises.

Kirklees NPT teams has been conducting policing operations with partner agencies in the town centre in a bid to tackle criminality and anti-social behaviour.

Thousands of illegal cigarettes and tobacco have been seized during these operations. This work also uncovered that the premises was bypassing electricity and had a hammer behind the till.

Inspector James Kitchen of Kirklees District Police, said:

“Partner agencies have been compiling evidence through proactive policing operations against this premises, which has been selling illegal tobacco and also had its alcohol licence revoked.

“Tackling criminality in Huddersfield town centre is the focus of this operation and as this premises has repeatedly been caught in criminal activity, we had no other option other than to issue the closure notice.

"The granting of this closure order will give real support to the ongoing partnership work we have been doing and should sent a positive message out to all shop keepers across Kirklees.

"We simply cannot accept criminal behaviour that blights the lives of legitimate traders and can cause serious health issues by selling unregulated counterfeit tobacco products. This latest action should serve as a clear warning that we will continue to make full use of all available legislation and tactics to target those who continue flout the law.”

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