HMRC duty-free booze warning

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Shopkeepers are being warned not to buy cheap, duty-free alcohol to sell on their premises after Customs officers uncovered an illicit alcohol distribution centre.

Thousands of litres of beer and wine worth £350,000 were found at a warehouse in Nottingham recently, but HM Revenues & Customs (HMRC) fear shopkeepers in our region could be tempted by bringing in cheap booze to increase profit margins.

Stuart Taylor, of HMRC, said: “We want to warn local shopkeepers who are being offered cheap deals on alcohol to buy their stock only from legitimate and reputable sources, as selling duty free or counterfeit alcohol is a serious criminal offence.

“If they are caught, they face a fine or have their licence to sell alcohol permanently revoked.”