Lincolnshire Trading Standards is cracking down on illegal alcohol after a dramatic increase in seizures in the county.
Since April, Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police have seized nearly 700 bottles of illegal alcohol, in comparison to just ten in the previous year.
Others that were seized were potentially very dangerous, containing industrial alcohol which is unfit for human consumption and can even cause death
The rise follows a fall in seizures in the past few years after the high profile discovery of an illegal vodka distillery in Boston back in July 2011.
Now Trading Standards want to make sure that the dangers of illegal alcohol are back at the forefront of consumers’ minds.
Senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, Daniel Brown, says: “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 spend 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.”
Sgt Kimble Enderby from Lincolnshire Police adds: “Together we can make sure that retailers don’t get away with selling illegal and potentially dangerous alcohol.
“If you’re suspicious, call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0333 2592971.