Rise in seized illegal alcohol across county

Some of the illegal alcohol seized.
Some of the illegal alcohol seized.

A total of 141 bottles of illegal alcohol have been seized in Boston since April, figures released by Lincolnshire Trading Standards show.

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

However, Boston is not the worst offender, with 561 bottles seized in Skegness up to September 18. Spalding has had 119 bottles seized, while Grantham has had 39.

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 spends 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.”

Although shop names are restricted for legal reasons the seizures in Boston are said to have taken place in May (121 bottles of vodka) and June (20 bottles of vodka).

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.”

l Information can be reported to Crimestoppers on 0333 259 2971.