Trading Standards: “Tackling illegal booze is still a priority”

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LINCOLNSHIRE Police has not been able to press charges in relation to last year’s illegal vodka factory explosion it has been confirmed.

Meanwhile, Trading Standards says regular inspections are carried out to stop the problem of illegal booze.

Following the inquest, Det Insp Lorraine Bradley said investigations relating to the explosion by police, Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs had been inconclusive.

She added: “A dedicated team of detectives has worked to try to identify whether any individual bore a responsibility for what happened. In March this year, the evidence gathered during the police investigation was reviewed in detail by a lawyer who concluded that neither the cause of the explosion nor the identity of the person responsible could be established to the criminal standard.

“The events of last July were tragic and shocked the town.”

Lincolnshire Trading Standards told The Standard counterfeit alcohol remains a problem. It said regular inspections are carried out, the most recent in Boston on May 18 where no illegal alcohol was found.

Mark Keal from Lincolnshire Trading Standards said: “Tackling sales of illicit alcohol and tobacco remains one of our priorities. We continue to work closely with Lincolnshire Police and HMRC and have made several seizures across the county.

“We carry out regular inspections, and when we find counterfeit alcohol on sale there’s a range of action we can take. This includes applications to revoke alcohol licences and prosecution.”