Police have seized a large quantity of cigarettes after reports a man was selling them to school children.
Officers from Hartlepool Neighbourhood Police Team went out to a street in the De Bruce area yesterday after the reports after receiving information from members of the public.
A police spokesman said: "On arriving at the area it was soon clear which address officers were required to visit and a 55 year old male was spoken to by officers on a voluntary basis.
"A large amount of cigarettes were seized and enquiries are ongoing."
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