Boston shop licences revoked after smuggled goods were found

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Counterfeit cigarettes found hidden in secret floor compartments have lead to two Boston grocery stores losing their licences today.

Licence holders at Boston Food and Wine, on High Street, and Central Food and Wine, on West Street, were stripped of their ability to sell alcohol and cigarettes after a licensing sub-committee decided it would be inappropriate to keep them in place.

The decision came after thousands of non-duty paid cigarettes were found at both premises, along with large amounts of tobacco and shisha and some alcohol.

Some of the items discovered during the raid by Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police were counterfeit, and have now been destroyed.

At a meeting of the Boston Borough Council committee earlier today, a spokesman for Trading Standards revealed more than £800 worth of tax had been evaded by the operations taking place at these sites.