Police seize 5700 litres of alcohol in Edinburgh

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Almost 5700 litres of beer, wine and spirits have been seized by HM Revenue and Customs as alcohol task force officers targeted illegal sales across Scotland.

In Edinburgh, HMRC officers visited 49 retail sites, 
checking the details of alcohol on sale.

The operation was supported by staff from the city council’s Trading Standards and Environmental Health and Police Scotland.

A series of raids were targeted at producers, storage facilities, wholesalers and retailers who make up the 
supply chain.

Chris Brett, HMRC’s Alcohol Taskforce manager in Scotland, said: “We are committed to stopping this criminal activity which costs the taxpayer around £1.2 billion in unpaid revenue each year.

“The Edinburgh operation is not a one-off exercise and is part of ongoing work with our partner agencies to combat this crime. We are also keen to work closely with and support local businesses that have to compete against these illegal sales.

The city’s community safety leader, Councillor Cammy Day, said:“The illegal trade of products like alcohol can be used to fund crime and can have a highly detrimental effect on the city’s honest retailers and on people’s health.”