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Warning after deadly fake vodka seized in UK just days before New Year celebrations

Thousands of bottles of fake vodka have been found on sale in the UK just days ahead of New Year celebrations.

The potentially deadly alcohol is sometimes made with chemicals found in anti-freeze and car windscreen wash.

Those hitting parties across the UK are now being warned that criminal gangs are looking to exploit increased demand for alcohol over the festive period.

It comes amid a series of seizures in recent weeks.

A raid on an illicit factory in Derbyshire uncovered 20,000 empty bottles, along with equipment and empty cans of anti-freeze.

In Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, fake bottles of Smirnoff found to contain a chemical used in anti-freeze were discovered.

Meanwhile in Luton 166 bottles of counterfeit vodka were sized from three shops across town.

The illegal counterfeit bottles were disguised as a number of popular brands.

 

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