More than half illegal alcohol seizures in town

Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001
Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001
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A total of 561 bottles of illegal alcohol have been seized in the Skegness area since April, figures released by Lincolnshire Trading Standards have shown.

The haul made up more than half the of the 1,000 bottles confiscated across the county up to September 18 in comparison to just 10 in the previous year.

The authority is cracking down on illegal alcohol as seizures, done in partnership with Lincolnshire Police, have ‘risen dramatically’. Senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council Daniel Brown, said: “Whilst many of the 1,000 bottles were seized for non-payment of duty, others that were seized were potentially very dangerous, containing industrial alcohol which is unfit for human consumption and can even cause death.

“Trading Standards spend a lot of time out in shops around the county but we need the public to continue to help us, to stay on their guard and report anything suspicious.

“A retail price that is too low is one obvious thing to look out for, but also look at things like how the labels have been cut and stuck to the bottle, or whether the fill levels of the bottles are the same.”

shop names are restricted for legal reasons, but the haul included 350 bottles of wine from a store in Ingoldmells and five bottles of vodka from the Village Store, Church Lane, Skegness.

Information to Crimestoppers on 0333 259 2971.