Good practice
Free Weekly eNews
About us
Our correspondents

Search CRP News by keyword or phrase:
If you have any news, opinions or suggestions which you would like to offer to the publishers of CRP News, please click here to email the Editor. We value your contribution.
All editorial content © CRP News, published by CRP Publications Ltd, Suite 210 91 Western Road, Brighton BN1 2LB

News - 27 November 2012

Fined £10,000 for fake vodka - but only 6 months ban

A Staffordshire shopkeeper who endangered people’s health by selling dangerous counterfeit vodka has been handed a chunky £10,000 fine. Yet magistrates suspended his licence for only six months.

The prosecution is the latest in a series being carried out by the county council as part of its on-going operation to stamp out the sale of counterfeit alcohol in Staffordshire.

Sithambarapillai Gunabalasinham of Leek, Staffordshire, was found guilty of four offences under food safety and trade mark laws. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team had seized the counterfeit vodka and found it to contain 18 times the permitted level of methanol. Gunabalasinham was also ordered to pay £3,700 costs.

Gunabalasinham’s offences included selling drink containing dangerous levels of methanol, which is used as an antifreeze and can cause blindness, coma and even death, selling vodka which was under strength and selling counterfeit vodka. Analysis of the fake vodka also revealed the presence of t-butanol which is used in the production of cleaning fluids.

Gunabalasinham said that he had bought the vodka from a man who called at his shop in a white van and that the spirits were cheaper than he usually paid and a hand written receipt was provided. The name and address and telephone number on the receipt were all fake.

Read related items on:
Alcohol and licensing


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Data Protection workshops for businesses
The free workshops are for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from various sectors ranging from charities to private companies. The events are aimed at staff or managers with limited practical experience of data protection who are working for organisations who have responsibility for processing personal data.... More
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
24 September 2014
ABCP Business Crime Conference 2014
Venue: Jury's Hotel, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP. The conference will focus on business crime reduction partnerships and their work and will provide essential information and networking opportunity for everyone whose work encompasses business crime.... More
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2 October 2014
Retail Crime & Loss Prevention Conference
This year's BRC Retail Crime Survey has revealed that UK retailers are fighting a rising tide of organised theft in store. Combined with the dramatic increase in fraud and ecrime, and the commonly perceived threat to businesses posed by cyber-attacks, this means that retailers are facing an increasingly sophisticated criminal.... More
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
16th-17th March 2015
Total Security Summit
The Total Security Summit brings together security professionals and key industry solution providers to discuss the latest technologies and innovations in focused face to face meetings and networking opportunities over the course of two days.... More
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .