MORE than 130 bottles of illegal vodka worth £2,500 has been seized from an off-licence in Kirkdale.
Officers from Liverpool City Council’s Alcohol and Tobacco Unit and Merseyside Police inspected Discount Booze, on Stanley Road, when they found the illicit alcohol.
After visiting the shop on March 28, they seized a haul of ‘Metropolis’ vodka worth £2,500 and a study of the bottles showed the duty paid number on the bottles was not consistent with the manufacturer. Also seized was a quantity of counterfeit tobacco from Taz Newsagents, on Rocky Lane, near Anfield.
A total of 84 packets of 50 grams of Golden Virginia and 580 cigarettes with a total street value of £7,500 were discovered hidden in the shop.
Councillor Christine Banks, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said: “The Alcohol and Tobacco Unit could not determine where Metropolis Vodka came from or the company that made it, which means that it is impossible to guarantee its quality. These type of spirits are often topped up with toxic substances, such as methanol, which pose a serious risk to health, so it is vital that people do not drink it.”
Both shops received cautions, as did Quality Bargains, on Rocky Lane, where 1,300 counterfeit cigarettes worth £650 were found recently, and County Pound Plus, on County Road, in Walton, where 1,100 illegal cigarettes were discovered.