HMRC to launch raids on the counterfeit alcohol trade

HMRC are launching raids on shops suspected of selling bootleg and counterfeit alcohol. This decision comes after the success of  HMRC’s pilot raids on several premises, owned mainly by foreign nationals, selling non duty paid alcohol or cigarettes, resulting in revocation of licenses.

The above raids have also been initiated by the recent explosion at an illegal distillery in Lincolnshire, which killed five men and left another seriously injured. This highlighted the extent of the problem faced by revenue.

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