POLICE SMASH ILLEGAL BOOZE RACKET IN WEST BELFAST

POLICE have seized two vans and a substantial quantity of alcohol, after a search under the licensing order linked to a commercial property on the Falls Road on Saturday evening.

The came after concerns wereraised by community leaders about potentially illegal alcohol sales.

Inspector Andrew McConville explained: “The Court West Neighbourhood Policing Team obtained a warrant and carried out the search, locating two vans loaded with cases of beer, wine, cider and vodka worth over £2,000, which we suspect was being sold locally illegally.

“While our investigation into this matter is ongoing, as the vehicles and alcohol were seized, one male was cautioned in relation to the offence of selling intoxicating liquor without a licence.

“As officers worked to remove the two vehicles, a crowd of young people gathered and began shouting abuse, throwing a number of items at officers.

“While thankfully, there were no injuries or property damaged, this is the type of behaviour far too many west Belfast residents experience on a regular basis. 

“Police regularly respond incidents involving noisy parties, drinking in public spaces and anti-social behaviour, and often seize alcohol from young people who are under 18 years of age, who are clearly obtaining alcohol illegally.

“I would appeal to anyone with information regarding the illegal sale of alcohol to contact us directly on 101, or submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.  

“You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/

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