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'Stolen' alcohol for sale in city shop
A city centre shop could lose its drink licence after it was caught selling bottles of vodka and champagne which appeared to have been stolen.
Marks & Spencer champagne was on sale for half its usual price in the Pop In shop in North Road, Brighton, when trading standards visited.
M&S confirmed that they sold the booze for £29, but it was on sale in the North Laine shop for £14.99, Joanne Player, Trading Standards officer, said in a report.
She said the shop also had on sale Smirnoff vodka and Bells whiskey which was destined for supermarkets including Co-op, Morrisons, Asda and Tesco.
Officers found the caps of these bottles broken, as though security tags had been pulled from them.
Police and trading standards have now applied to Brighton and Hove City Council’s licensing committee for Pop In’s licence to be revoked.
Suspected counterfeit super-strength lager, believed to have been imported from Poland, was also found during a raid on the shop in November and a follow-up visit in December last year.
While officers were in the shop street drinkers were served.
Ms Player, in her report which will be presented to the committee, wrote: “Trading Standards has received some intelligence that some supermarkets had seen an increase in the levels of thefts of branded spirits.
“The premises are a source of alcohol to the street drinking community with the associated impact on crime and disorder.
“Trading Standards has no confidence that the management and licence holders have the competence to run these premises.”
A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said the licence of the shop to sell booze would be reviewed at a meeting on March 12.
The Argus visited the shop but no one was available for comment.
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