Explosion update: Police confirm unit was illegal distillery

POLICE have confirmed that the unit where five men died in an explosion last Wednesday was being used as an illegal distillery.

A spokesman for the force said this morning that the unit at the Broadfield Lane Industrial Estate contained a filtration plant which was used for the production of alcohol which was being sold and described as vodka.

The exact cause of the explosion is still being determined, but investigations continue.

Det Supt Guy Collings said: “The existence of this enterprise illustrates that there is a market for counterfeit alcohol and we would urge the public to ensure that they only purchase from legitimate sources and check products to ensure they are genuine.”

Lincolnshire trading standards has issued advice to help people identify counterfeit alcohol.

Mark Keal, divisional manager for advice and information said: “Counterfeit alcohol will generally be much lower in price than genuine branded products and the labelling will often be low quality and may contain spelling mistakes. We would urge people to carefully consider where they buy their alcohol and avoid buying it from places like markets, car boot sales or from individuals.”