European store may lose licence over illicit goods

The Europe Store in Holbeach Road, Spalding
The Europe Store in Holbeach Road, Spalding
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A Spalding European off-
licence is in danger of losing its licence after it was found to be selling counterfeit 
alcohol and illicit cigarettes.

Kirsty Herbertson, senior Trading Standards officer for Lincolnshire County Council, visited the Europe Store in Holbeach Road last month to ensure the premises was complying to the conditions of its alcohol licences.

However, police were called in when a number of bottles of Teacher’s whiskey were found to be counterfeit and illicit cigarettes were found in a box in the toilet room and in a rucksack under a sink in the store room.

Three brands of Polish vodka – Krupnik, Zubrowka Biala and Pan Tadeusz – were also found to be on sale far cheaper than “genuine products from genuine suppliers”.

The report by Ms Herbertson regarding the store, owned by Alan Ahmad, will go before South Holland District Council’s licensing authority panel tomorrow.

Ms Herbertson states: “The total number of bottles of spirits seized during the inspection was 79 and, with a total of 1,420 cigarettes, this was no small discovery by this department.

“This is not a convenience store that is supporting the community but an organised operation able to source a variety of illicit products to con and endanger both the local community and workers at the local food factory.”