Derby

Fake vodka seized at Derby off-licence

Fake vodka, which was unfit for human consumption, has been seized from an off licence in Derby.

Nearly 15 litres of the alcohol, branded as Passion, were seized in the Sunny Hill area of the city by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

The liquid contained isopropyl alcohol, which is used as a cleaning fluid.

It comes after five men were killed in an explosion at an industrial unit being used to illegally brew alcohol in Boston, Lincolnshire, on 13 July.

About 660 fake cigarettes were also seized from under the shop counter.

'Criminal underworld'

Stuart Crookshank, assistant director for HMRC, said: "The public will be horrified and alarmed at these findings.

"They have been duped into buying what they believed were legitimate goods.

"The gangs behind this form of criminality reap huge profits which are ploughed straight back into the criminal underworld, feeding activities like drug dealing and fraud."

HMRC said it had appealed to the Derbyshire Licensing Committee to try to have the shop's alcohol licence revoked.

Symptoms of isopropyl alcohol poisoning include headaches and dizziness.

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