Seizures of illegal booze have ‘risen dramatically’

Over 1,000 bottles have been seized in the county since April.
Over 1,000 bottles have been seized in the county since April.

A total of 119 bottles of illegal alcohol were seized in Spalding between April and June, figures released by Lincolnshire Trading Standards have shown.

The authority is cracking down on illegal alcohol as seizures, done in partnership with Lincolnshire Police, are said to have ‘risen dramatically’.

However, Spalding is not the worst offender, with 561 bottles seized in Skegness and 141 in Boston.

There were around 700 bottles seized countywide between April and June, although that figure is now over 1,000.

Trading Standards want to make sure people are aware of the dangers of illegal alcohol.

Senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council Daniel Brown said: “Whilst many of the 700 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.

“Spotting illegal alcohol can be very difficult, but there are a few tell-tale signs that can help. 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.”

Sgt Kimble Enderby from Lincolnshire Police added: “Together we can make sure that retailers don’t get away with selling illegal and potentially dangerous alcohol.”

Information can be reported to Crimestoppers on 0333 259 2971.