Service Lead provided a report and presentation relating to the
work of Trading Standards Officers in dealing with contraband items
and illicit alcohol enforcement in the City.
The Service Lead informed Panel about the work
of the Wolverhampton Substance Misuse Alliance, recently formed
Multi-agency alliance to look at tobacco, drugs and alcohol issues
in the City. He advised that that alliance works strategically and
collaboratively to find a range of solutions to substance misuse
The Panel received an overview of the
Illicit alcohol, tobacco and New Psychoactive Substances (NPS,
previously known as ‘Legal Highs’) pose a danger to
Provide financial rewards to sellers, and a health risk to
Illicit cigarettes do not have Reduced Ignition Propensity
Very few people complain as people believe that they are getting a
Trading Standards have to wait for the intelligence to come to
Illicit alcohol, tobacco and NPS are known to be distributed
through local shops
The Service Lead highlighted the need to
gather intelligence, get communities involved and get people
involved in the awareness campaigns to show counterfeit goods and
the dangers to health from using illicit materials. He circulated
examples of seized goods to the Panel.
In relation to enforcement action the Service
Lead advised that intelligence was helping to target distributers
of illicit goods in the City. He played
a you-tube extract showing a police and
trading standards raid of a shop in Wolverhampton. Illicit alcohol and tobacco products were found in
concealed spaces in the premises, behind false walls and in wall
Panel was advised that the work trading
standards carries out in relation to this problem has impact on
other issues such as Modern Slavery, links to product
counterfeiting, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and social media.
They were advised that the next steps would
Empowering Local residents
Proceeds of crime – taking the money out of the crime
Working with landlords
Sharing intelligence with the police
The Chair thanked trading standards officers
for the work they do and are developing in relation to this issue.
She acknowledged that this was a big problem for the City with
knock on effects for crime and health partners and requested an
update back to this Panel in the scrutiny work programme.
That the report and presentation are received
and an update report is included in the work programme for
ASC Scrutiny Panel.