‘Dodgy’ booze seized in joint off-licence swoop

Civic Offices
Civic Offices

Hundreds of bottles of potentially dangerous alcohol has been seized after a crackdown on 16 premises around the city.

The work was carried out by officers from Milton Keynes Council’s Regulatory Unit and HM Revenue & Customs.

Most were operating legally but officers managed to seize 185 bottles of assorted spirits and 264 bottles of assorted wine suspected to have been exported from the UK but sold over here without the relevant UK duty being paid.

This makes their original source potentially hard to trace.

Bob Gaiger from HM Revenue and Customs said: “We will continue to work with council officers to target premises that sell illegal alcohol products.

“The alcohol seized may have seemed very attractive, with customers lured into purchasing at what seem like bargain prices.

“The truth is these goods are unregulated and could be harmful.

“This illicit trade also has a devastating impact on legitimate retailers and the local community, with those involved not concerned if they are selling to children and underage young people.”