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Illegal vodka factory found in UK

Ten thousand bottles of an illegal vodka, called Glens, have been discovered by HM Revenue & Customs officers in a raid on a manufacturing and bottling plant hidden on a remote farm in rural Leicestershire, UK. Several arrests have been made.

It appears to have been a sophisticated operation with the equipment to distill on site, using pure alcohol and other chemicals. The bottles seized feature professionally printed labels, duty stamps and bottle tops – but all counterfeit. A sample bottle revealed high levels of methanol, a potentially serious health risk.

1 October 2009 - Felicity Murray