Bootleggers beware

Off-licence owners have been warned about the dangers of selling counterfeit alcohol and cigarettes after a rise in cases across Derbyshire.

Trading standards officers have written to all 2,500 licensed premises in the county warning that they face prosecution if they sell illegal products.

The county council is also warning consumers of the serious health risks of buying cut price products after a marked increase in the amount of counterfeit vodka, wine and cigarettes.