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Store stripped of license after selling booze 150,000 times the legal industrial alcohol limit

A shop in Lincoln, UK, has lost its license after a police raid found the store was selling vodka with 150,000 times the legal industrial alcohol limit, which was “unfit for human consumption.”

An image of the illicit alcohol. Credit: Lincolnshire Police

Officers raided Zabka on Portland Street, Lincoln, in December, finding more than 190 illegal medicine products, 62 bottles of non-duty paid alcohol and five bottles of illicit Krackoff Vodka, it’s reported.

When the vodka was sent for testing, it was discovered that it contained 150,000 times more industrial alcohol than the legally permitted limit.

“The revocation of this Premises Licence sends a strong message from Lincoln City Council, that this sort of activity at licensed stores will not be tolerated,” Sergeant Kim Enderby from the Alcohol Licensing Department said.

“The fake vodka was unfit for human consumption. If anyone sees or has bought this particular product they should contact the police or trading standards.”

She revealed that the store’s owner had claimed that the alcohol was only for personal use.

“The owner Mr Ali claimed all the alcohol was for personal use and that he did not know the medicines were illegal.

”He displayed a lack of knowledge of his responsibilities within the Licensing Act and the committee believed he presented a risk to promoting the Licensing Objectives.

“We remain committed to the disruption, investigation and prosecution of all criminal behaviour being conducted on our Licensed Premises.”


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