The government is to force customs officers to turn a blind eye to cross-Channel shoppers bringing cheap alcohol back from the Continent.

It wants Customs and Excise to concentrate on smuggling operations and not on day-trippers.

Customs officers have been accused of using draconian powers to detain day-trippers and confiscating their vehicles.

The new regime will be announced formally later this month.
The Independent On Sunday 20/10/02 page 1, page 14, page 28 (Leader)