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A shop in Worthing has had its alcohol licence revoked after illicit tobacco products were found during a search by Trading Standards officers.

Worthing News in Rowlands Road also sold e-cigarette liquid to an underage volunteer posing as a customer.

A total of 780 cigarettes and 200g of rolling tobacco were seized following a search with a sniffer dog in July.

However, the shop is still allowed to sell tobacco, despite losing a licence to sell alcohol.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said:

“For a shop to be licensed to sell alcohol, responsibilities include ensuring no crime and disorder is taking place.

“The shop lost its alcohol licence because illicit tobacco was found there and an under-age sale of tobacco took place.”

The council said samples sent for anaysis following the search failed safety regulations as they did not self-extinguish.

Trading Standards team manager Richard Sargeant said:

“We hope this case will deter others from stocking illicit tobacco and selling to underage customers.

“Public safety was being undermined by stocking tobacco which would not self-extinguish.”

Debbie Kennard, county council cabinet member for stronger, safer communities said:

“Shops have a clear duty to protect children from harm by adopting good practice and asking to see identification to check a customer’s age and prevent underage sales.”

The shop had the licence revoked by a Worthing Borough Council licensing committee.