Dixie the dog joins the team

Dixie, the tobacco detection dog, was drafted in to work with the Trading Standards Service once more as they continued their campaign to stamp out counterfeit tobacco.

Dixie has been specially trained to sniff out counterfeit tobacco. She assisted officers from the Council who visited local traders in Dalmellington, Bellsbank, Patna and New Cumnock searching for illicit tobacco on their premises.

Employed by Stirling Council, Dixie and her handler have been assisting Trading Standard teams throughout the country, with some impressive results.

Councillor Tom Cook, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities said: “Although no products were found during this particular project, the Trading Standard Service will continue to ensure that consumers continue to be protected from potentially harmful counterfeit tobacco.

“It is also important that a fair trading environment is maintained for those who ensure that they only sell legal products and who can struggle to compete during these difficult economic times.

“We couldn’t have carried out this important initiative without the co-operation of Stirling Council. We’d like to thank them very much for providing Dixie. Their help and support throughout has been invaluable. It’s proof of the value of partnership working at its best.”

If you suspect anyone of being involved in the supply of illicit tobacco or cigarettes please contact Trading Standards at Civic Centre South, John Dickie Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1HW; call 01563 576602 or email: trading.standards@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

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