Surrey warning over sales of fake alcohol

People in Surrey are being warned about the sale of counterfeit alcohol in advance of Diamond Jubilee and Euro 2012 celebrations.

Trading Standards at Surrey County Council said it wanted people to beware of "cheap alcohol prices that seem too good to be true".

The warning was issued following the prosecution of a shopkeeper in Staines-upon-Thames.

More than 200 bottles of fake alcohol were seized from the shop.

Trading Standards officers also found 600 packs of counterfeit cigarettes and 10 pouches of fake rolling tobacco.

Steve Playle from Surrey County Council Trading Standards said: "We're concerned the criminal underworld will be looking to make a quick buck by selling cheap drink ahead of Diamond Jubilee and Euro 2012 celebrations."

Mr Payle said the council's advised shop owners to only buy stock from reputable traders and to make sure they kept the invoices.

He added; "We'd urge drinkers not to be tempted by cheap alcohol prices that seem too good to be true.

"The chances are the alcohol is fake and it could put your health at risk."

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