Illegal alcohol and cigarettes seized in Harrow

Illegal and alcohol and cigarettes seized

Illegal and alcohol and cigarettes seized

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A hundred litres of illegal booze and thousands of cigarettes were seized in raids by officers from HM Revenue and Customs.

Officers, joined by staff from Harrow Borough Council, visited off-licences and convenience stores on Wednesday.

They seized 16kg of hand rolling tobacco, 7,000 cigarettes and 100l of wines and spirits, on which a total of £6,000 of tax duty had not been paid.

Jennie Kendall spokesperson for HMRC, said: “This illegal trade has a devastating impact on legitimate retailers, who have to compete with black market traders.

“It’s robbing the UK economy of vital funding and those selling these goods do not promote they are buying them from criminals - the profits of which are funding organised crime to the detriment of all our communities.”

She also appealed to members of the public to contact customs if they have information on businesses with illegally imported goods.

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6:06pm Fri 14 Mar 14

pepsiman says...

Personal use for a heavy user ?
Personal use for a heavy user ? pepsiman
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7:40pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Sterling work by HMRC and partners.It's high time rogue traders were brought to book.Sincerely urge our local citizens to inform on such folk and help boost our revenues.
Sterling work by HMRC and partners.It's high time rogue traders were brought to book.Sincerely urge our local citizens to inform on such folk and help boost our revenues. Sonoo Malkani
  • Score: -4

8:20am Sun 16 Mar 14

rabbitz says...

It does not name and shame these stores? I think we should go back to having off licences again and stop these unscruplious shopkeepers from selling illegal booze and cigarettes it would also stop alcohol being sold to kids, These shops cram their dirty little shops with rubbish they have no pride in their shops and are unhygienic unlike the lovely shops we had years ago its such a shame they are no better than a third world streetmarket.
It does not name and shame these stores? I think we should go back to having off licences again and stop these unscruplious shopkeepers from selling illegal booze and cigarettes it would also stop alcohol being sold to kids, These shops cram their dirty little shops with rubbish they have no pride in their shops and are unhygienic unlike the lovely shops we had years ago its such a shame they are no better than a third world streetmarket. rabbitz
  • Score: 4

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