Customs officers find moonshine still in King’s Lynn

The illegal alcohol still found in a shed in King's Lynn. The illegal alcohol still found in a shed in King's Lynn.

Friday, November 30, 2012
4:42 PM

They issued a warning about the dangers of making bootleg booze tonight, after finding a still running in a garden shed at an undisclosed addresss in the town.

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The shed, where customs officers found a still.The shed, where customs officers found a still.

A spokesman for HM Revenue and Customs said officers searching a house noticed a strong alcoholic smell coming from equipment in the garden shed.

Inside they found a barrel and pipes connected to the mains water supply, with a gas burner and a quantity of flammable liquid. The makeshift still was capable of producing large quantities of illegal spirits.

Paul Barton, HMRC’s assistant director for East Anglia said: “This crude operation not only posed a danger to the houses nearby but anyone consuming the end product would have no idea what they were drinking.

“If you are offered cheap alcohol and it’s at a price that looks too good to be true, it probably is.”

Officers also seized 3,880 mixed brand cigarettes and a small quantity of tobacco, the revenue evaded is estimated as £1,000.

A 34 year-old man has been arrested and bailed until 13 February 2013. Investigations are continuing.

Five men were killed in July 2011, when an illegal vodka still exploded on an industrial estate in Boston, Lincs.

Mr Barton said people could report suspected bootleggers on HMRC’s 24 hour hotline on 0800 59 5000.

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