Published on January 14th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Three-month ban for Southampton store after counterfeit Smirnoff made customer sick
A SOUTHAMPTON shop has been banned from selling alcohol after counterfeit Smirnoff vodka made a customer sick.
The customer complained of vomiting and blurred vision after drinking some of the vodka he bought from Pound Xtra in St Mary’s Road.
Councillors at a licensing hearing agreed to a request by Southampton Trading Standards to suspend the shop’
s alcohol licence for three months as a deterrent and to allow the business to install CCTV.
The councillors also threatened to revoke the shop’s licence if further offences were committed.
Akilu Alem, a partner in the business, had told trading standards officers he had got the vodka from an u
nknown man with a van, who had dropped it off without taking payment, but was unable to produce a delivery note or invoice.
Officers also seized 72 packs of counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes that were in a black bin bag behind the c
ounter. Mr Alem claimed they were not for sale.
Following the hearing, the shop must in future keep proper records and challenge anyone looking under 25 who wants to buy alcohol.
In a separate case, a second shop, Dabs Cash and Carry, in Addis Square, Portswood Road, Southampton, had its licence suspended for one month after it was caught selling alcohol to two 15-year-olds in a trading standard
The business owner, David Ojo, claimed the sale had not taken place because he could not see them on his CCTV
, which he must now install as a condition of his licence.
Southampton Trading Standards team leader Malcolm Thornton said: “We work hard to make sure shops in the city are acting responsibly and within the law.
“This serves as a warning to other premises in the city that we will take action if we suspect you are selling alcohol to under-age youngsters or selling counterfeit goods.
“Counterfeit food and drink can be very dangerous to consume, and if anyone suspects a shop is selling counterfeit goods I would urge them to get in contact with us.”
Council leader Royston Smith added: “This is a great result for our Trading Standards team and underlines a very serious issue.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that premises in Southampton are not endangering our residents, and we will continue to do all we can to crack down onand the under-age sale of alcohol.”
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