Booze ban for Kingston supermarket found with 19,000 smuggled cigarettes

Surrey Comet: Express Supermarket has been banned from selling alcohol Express Supermarket has been banned from selling alcohol

An international supermarket has been banned from selling alcohol after being caught with more than 19,000 smuggled cigarettes.

Express Supermarket in London Road had its alcohol licence revoked by Kingston Council last night, February 4.

A total of 19,180 duty-free cigarettes were seized by officers from Metropolitan Police and HM Revenue and Customs during a visit in September.

The store, which sells English, Turkish and Polish goods, has 21 days to appeal the decision.

Sgt Eddie Armstrong from Kingston Police said: "This review was brought about following a series of events culminating in the seizure of more than 19,000 smuggled cigarettes during a joint enforcement visit by police and HMRC.

"We would remind all licensed premises they should buy their products from a reputable supplier.

"Any premises found with smuggled goods could be subject to a licence review, prosecution or other penalties."

Express Supermarket will be allowed to continue selling other non-alcoholic goods - including tobacco products.

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11:23am Wed 5 Feb 14

DB says...

"Express Supermarket will be allowed to continue selling other non-alcoholic goods - including tobacco products."

Well that sounds entirely sensible.
"Express Supermarket will be allowed to continue selling other non-alcoholic goods - including tobacco products." Well that sounds entirely sensible. DB

1:57pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Ricademus says...

If these people decide to sell smuggled goods of counterfeit booze they should be closed down and the owners not allowed to trade in the area again. This is just a slap on the wrist and gives the wrong impression to others.
If these people decide to sell smuggled goods of counterfeit booze they should be closed down and the owners not allowed to trade in the area again. This is just a slap on the wrist and gives the wrong impression to others. Ricademus

5:22am Thu 6 Feb 14

Beverly RA says...

It may be that the Licensing laws only covers Alcohol, not Cigarettes .
So the hands of he Councillors were tied.
The penalty for this sort of crime is handed down in the Courts. The report does not say how that went.
It may be that the Licensing laws only covers Alcohol, not Cigarettes . So the hands of he Councillors were tied. The penalty for this sort of crime is handed down in the Courts. The report does not say how that went. Beverly RA

12:47pm Thu 6 Feb 14

kingstonpaul says...

As almost everything, including food and drink, can be counterfeited these days, how do we know that the rest of this shop's merchandise is legit?
As almost everything, including food and drink, can be counterfeited these days, how do we know that the rest of this shop's merchandise is legit? kingstonpaul

3:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

bosco1 says...

Best thing would have been seize "ALL STOCK" Close the shop down, sell the stock and profits given to a charity in this country. Might then be a scare to other traders doing the same things. Then deport them back home to their country of origin.!!
Best thing would have been seize "ALL STOCK" Close the shop down, sell the stock and profits given to a charity in this country. Might then be a scare to other traders doing the same things. Then deport them back home to their country of origin.!! bosco1

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