A large number of illegal vapes were seized by police during a day of action in Rishton.

On Wednesday (March 13), the Hyndburn neighbourhood policing team, alongside Trading Standards from Lancashire County Council carried out inspections at various shops in Rishton.

As a result of one inspection, a large number of illegal vapes were seized.

Councillor Michael Green, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: "Our team joined forces with the police to act swiftly on tip-offs from residents about illegal vapes.

"Preventing the sale of illicit goods keeps our teenagers and children safe from underage sales and protects the health of Lancashire residents, which is very important to us.

"Our Trading Standards team will continue to keep seizing illicit tobacco and non-compliant vapes and will take any necessary enforcement action against traders who continue to break the law.

"I encourage anyone to report sellers that flout the law.

"Anyone who knows of retailers selling counterfeit goods, selling tobacco or e–cigarettes to young people under 18, or selling over-sized or counterfeit vapes, can refer these issues to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice helpline on 0808 223 1133."

As part of the day of action, officers also carried out a road traffic operation with the use of the speed gun on Blackburn Road. There were several vehicles stopped, however no vehicles were speeding, although a traffic offence report was issued to one motorist due to a defective tyre.

Additionally, the neighbourhood officers showed a visible presence around schools, Hyndburn retail park, and anti-social hotspots, and were joined by the force's mounted branch.