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Latest 15 Press Releases at Durham County Council
  • Stubbing out illegal tobacco trade
    Thousands of suspected fake cigarettes were seized in a raid in County Durham.Trading Standards officers at Durham County Council and police searched two premises in the Shildon area on Thursday (October 2) in connection with cigarettes and rolling tobacco, which were believed to be either smuggled or counterfeit.As a result two arrests were made and 122 pouches of rolling tobacco and 4,000 cigarettes were seized. The raid was the latest in a series of operations across the county aimed at tackling the supply of illicit tobacco carried out by the council’s specialist team.Joanne Waller, head of environment, health and consumer protection at Durham County Council, said: “Thanks to a wealth of intelligence from the public and honest traders we have really stepped up our action against the trade of suspected illegal tobacco.  “This type of activity not only undermines the work of the stop smoking services but also has a significant impact on honest local businesses. There is also much evidence to suggest that it increases availability and supply to young people to start smoking and has links to other criminal activity.“Anyone found guilty of supplying counterfeit tobacco could face up to 10 years in jail and unlimited fines and their assets may be seized.“Stemming the supply of cheap and illicit tobacco is an essential tool in our fight to reduce smoking harm and achieve our vision of a smoke free future for our children.”Information about illegal tobacco can be reported in confidence to Durham County Council’s Trading Standards on 03000 261016 or by emailing
  • Join the Worst Princess at County Durham libraries
    The Worst Princess is on her way to entertain youngsters at libraries across County Durham. A theatre production of the popular children’s book is touring Durham County Council libraries as part of Durham Book Festival. The performance gives young bookworms the chance to find out how the feisty princess defies expectations in a funny twist on this traditional fairy tale. Featuring puppets, live music and plenty of opportunities to sing-a-along, the Worst Princess is a raucous and wild adventure. Performances take place at the following venues: Bishop Auckland Town Hall – Monday, 6 October at 2.00pm Newton Aycliffe Library – Wednesday, 8 October at 10.00am Crook Library – Wednesday, 8 October at 2.00pm Peterlee Library – Wednesday, 15 October at 10.00am Seaham Library – Wednesday, 15 October at 2.00pm The productions is aimed at children aged seven-years-old and under and their families. Tickets are £1.00 each and should be booked in advance by contacting the venue. The Worst Princess is Carina Rodney’s adaptation of the acclaimed children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie. It has been commissioned by New Writing North in association with Sage Gateshead and is supported by bait.
  • Celebrating volunteers
    Nominations are open for volunteers who have gone the extra mile to make a difference in East Durham. They will be honoured at the Volunteer Recognition Awards next month with nominations closing on 31 October.   The awards have been launched by the East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) and are open to individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to making the community stronger, including general health and wellbeing.  The ceremony is at Shotton Hall, Peterlee, Wednesday 26 November and the categories are Young Volunteer (up to age 21), Individual and Group.  For more information or an application form visit: or call the AAP team on 03000 262 057 or email  

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