Police seize 26 pallets of illegal wine

14th February, 2014 by Lauren Eads

An uninsured lorry carrying around 21,000 bottles of wine was stopped and its contents seized by police in south London on Tuesday.

Lorry trailer

Actual lorry not pictured.

Twenty-six pallets of wine, estimated to be worth around £350,000, have been impounded following the incident in Bexley on Tuesday, 10 February.

Enquiries revealed that no duty had been paid on the wine carried by the lorry, registered in Ireland, which was also uninsured and had broken brake lights.

Chief Inspector Andy Johnstone from the MPS Traffic Unit said: “The South East Traffic Unit stop commercial vehicles and lorries that are coming into the capital every day, to ensure that traffic laws are complied with, to check on the condition and safety of the vehicle and to ensure drivers are not exceeding their hours and posing a risk to other road users.

“We also work closely with the HMRC to identify goods being brought into the UK illegally.”

The driver of the HGV was released without charge while police carry out enquiries.

2 Responses to “Police seize 26 pallets of illegal wine”

  1. David Murphy says:

    26 bottles or 26 pallets?

  2. Stop buying illegal wines in South Wales says:

    I wish the Poice and the HMRC were more active in South Wales, I come up against IGT Italian wines at £2.50 per bottle and Vodke at £4.80 per bottle in Cardiff Newport and Swansea – No duty has been paid for sure and pubs and bars are buying these and flounting the law – we need more spot checks in some of the biggest independent pubs and bars to stamp out this illegal trade – If the Govt are strapped for cash, surely a few high profile spot checks in pubs and bars would put others off buying this stuff and buy duty paid wines & spirits.

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