Vape shops were criticised for flouting the coronavirus lockdown last month by staying open despite being ordered to close.

Broski’s Vape Store owner Billy Grigolo told Bristol Live: “We are not open to ‘money grab’ – we provide an essential service to our customers and we don’t want to let them down.

“We implemented a one-in, one-out policy and cleaned down the counters after every customer. All staff were checking their temperatures every day.”

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The store was visited by trading standards on 2 April and closed the next day.

Similarly, Revo Vapes in Morley, Leeds, was served a prohibition notice by the council after the local police discovered a member of the public being served through a window.

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