More than a ton of goods seized in off-licence haul

The entire stock of alcohol and cigarettes was seized from a Harrow off-licence during a crack down on illegally imported alcohol.

Trading standards officers, along with police and HMRC, moved in to clear the shelves of Harrow and Wealdstone Food and Wine, Masons Avenue, on Tuesday after they discovered customs duty had not been paid on more than a ton of goods.

The haul was so large officers had to order a lorry to take it all away, as well as alcohol and cigarettes from three other stores.

Dave Corby, Environmental Services Manager at Harrow Council, said:

“Selling alcohol and cigarettes without paying duty is blatantly flouting the rules and it is not fair on other businesses, who are doing everything legitimately. We will continue to crack down on this type of activity and the result from the joint operation today showed that businesses cannot just get away with it.

“It is the strong partnership between Trading Standards and Harrow Police that makes these operations so successful.” 

A number of other events also took place throughout the day, which is part of the council and police’s regular Week of Action drives, including a mass clear up of flytipping and graffiti, and action by the police to tackle gangs and find weapons. 

Weeks of Action have so far taken place in Northolt Road, Rayners Lane, Burnt Oak, Belmont Circle, and Harrow Town Centre. Agencies have joined together to clean up communities, promote safety schemes and tackle issues such as license breaches and anti-social behaviour.