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Illegal booze and tobacco find sparks licence revocation

Published Monday, 18 May 2015

A supermarket has had its licence revoked by Enfield Council after illicit alcohol and cigarettes were found in a sting operation.

Hertford Food Centre in Hertford Road, had its licence removed by the Council’s Licencing Sub-Committee on 13 May. 15

The hearing heard how the premises was visited in February by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and a tobacco detection dog after tips offs by the police and members of the public that non-duty paid tobacco and alcohol was on sale.

While searching the dog found drawers behind the counter with false bottoms stuffed with illicit tobacco. The haul comprised of three bottles of vodka, 93 packets of Marlboro gold cigarettes, one packet of Marlboro Red and seven pouches of Golden Virginia hand rolling tobacco.

Previous visits in March and August 2014 had resulted in 73 bottles of spirits and two packets of non-duty paid cigarettes being seized.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “We do not tolerate premises that flout the law and refuse to pay the taxes they are obliged to on items such as tobacco and alcohol. It is illegal, gives them an unfair advantage against honest traders and exposes shoppers to illegal products that may be contaminated and unsafe.

“My message to those traders who are considering breaking the law in this way is simple, comply with the law, pay your taxes and behave lawfully or we will do everything in our power to prevent you from behaving illegally in our borough. We want to promote honest, hardworking traders who provide good quality and safe products to our residents.

“Selling prohibited and potentially dangerous alcohol and cigarettes is not a sustainable business model in Enfield because we’ll come after you and shut you down.”

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