Booze and Tobacco Seized By Police

After raids on off licenses in West Ealing and Northolt


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Police in Ealing have seized a large quantity of non-duty paid goods from off-licensed premises.

On Tuesday, 22 September, police officers from Ealing’s Licensing Unit conducted a planned series of visits to various off licensed premises in the West Ealing and Northolt area.

During the visits to six premises, a quantity of non-duty paid and smuggled goods were seized. In one of the premises a series of Health and Safety violations were noted resulting in the address being brought to the notice of the Ealing Council’s Food Safety team.

Issues in relation to food safety were also brought to the attention of other partner agencies.

In total 2,260 litres of non-duty paid lager/beer, two litres of counterfeit labeled spirits, 423 bottles of wine and 0.6 kg of illegal chewing tobacco was seized.

Detective Constable Bob Boodhram, Ealing Licensing Unit, said: "The sale of non-duty paid alcohol is harmful to the community. It is both irresponsible and criminal.

"Ealing’s licensing unit is committed to stopping these practices which unfairly prevent honest and hard working small businesses from prospering and improving their local communities.

“We are also committed to protecting the boroughs diverse communities from the alcohol related and health harms caused by this form of organised crime.

“Licensed premises found to be trading in such an irresponsible manner risk having their licences revoked by a licensing authority sub-committee."



14th October 2015


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