Several bags of illegal vapes have been seized following a joint police operation with trading standards.

Officers from the Farnworth and Kearsley neighbourhood team carried out the operation which targeted shops believed to be selling the illegal items.

As many as seven bags of illegal vapes were recovered by the teams involved.

A spokesperson for GMP Bolton South said: “This morning officers from the Farnworth and Kearsley neighbourhood team conducted a joint visit with trading standards, targeting shops which are believed to be selling prohibited items.

“Seven bags of illegal vapes were seized during the first visit which was a positive outcome for all parties and one step closer to keeping illegal goods off the streets.”

It was one of many targeted approaches carried out by police and trading standards to crack down on the illegal products.

In March of this year Bolton West’s neighbourhood team seized almost 3,000 illegal vapes worth around £20,000 across Bolton.

The Bolton News reported recently the headteacher of St Joseph's RC High School spoke about two incidents after two students collapsed in school from the effects of the devices - and called for more action to be taken.

People can also contact police using 101 if they have any other concerns about illegal vape use in their areas or 999 in the event of an emergency.

Alternatively, witnesses can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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