GOVERNMENT officials visited a number of businesses across Bournemouth and Boscombe today in a reported crackdown on the sale of illegal alcohol and cigarettes.

Officers were first spotted in Christchurch Road, Boscombe during the morning, where they visited the Polish Market and an off-licence, among other venues.

It is not believed that any action was taken against the businesses visited.

This afternoon, the vans were seen again in Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth.

It is reported that the officials went into a number of bars along the stretch, including O'Neill's.

One member of staff at a shop visited by the officers said: "They're checking for cheap cigarettes and alcohol.

"They're making sure there's nothing illegal.

"They've been to quite a few places so far in Boscombe."

A spokesperson from Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said: "We can confirm that we have officers working in the Boscombe area today.

"We are unable to release further information at this stage."