Warning after illegal vodka still found (Iron Acton)

Posted on Friday 27th August 2010 at 8:29 am by SH (Editor)

Fire crews attending a blaze at a storage shed in a remote location in Iron Acton called police after discovering an illicit alcohol still.

Officers were called in at about 7pm on Sunday 22nd August and found around 30 barrels of alcohol, bottles and bottling and labelling equipment.

Neighbourhood PC Ian Matthews said HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are investigating the incident.

He said: “It seems that vodka was being illegally made and bottled at this site. Tests will be carried out by HMRC to check the alcohol content, but indications suggest it would be seriously harmful to health if drunk.

“I would urge anyone who has bought ‘Chekov Imperial Vodka’ or ‘Chundoff Russian Vodka’ unusually cheaply to contact either police on 0845 456 7000 or HMRC on 0800 595000.”

Lisa Billard of HM Revenue & Customs said: “HMRC officers, working with police, have removed an illicit still from the fire-damaged alcohol plant. The fraudsters behind this have not only evaded duty and produced fake ‘UK excise duty paid’ stamps, but the vodka has been manufactured illegally using a known brand name and without the usual health and safety checks.

“Our enquiries are continuing. Anyone with information about the manufacture of illegal alcohol should call the Customs hotline on 0800 595000.” To find out more about how we are keeping you safe visit our Operation Relentless section.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police

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