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Clayhall cornershop caught peddling counterfeit alcohol could have licence revoked

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 November 2018

Glades Food and Wine, in Atherton Road, could have its licence revoked after been caught selling phoney vodka. Photo: Google

Glades Food and Wine, in Atherton Road, could have its licence revoked after been caught selling phoney vodka. Photo: Google

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A Clayhall shop that was fined for selling a "weird tasting" liquid disguised as Glen's Vodka could be stripped of its licence.

Redbridge Council’s licensing committee is set to meet on Monday, November 26, to review the licence of Glades Food and Wine, in Atherton Road.

An application, submitted by Dr Glenn Tikasingh on behalf of Redbridge Trading Standards, recommends that “revocation of the premises’ licence would be in the interests of the wider community and not those of the licence holders”.

But other options remain on the table such as modifying the license or suspending it for up to three months.

Nevzat Sanli was ordered to pay £2,450 after he pleaded guilty to selling phoney vodka at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Friday, September 14.

Mr Sanli’s daughter Ebru, Glades Food and Wine’s designated owner, was also summoned to appear in court that day.

While her defence counsel attended, she did not, and so the case against her was withdrawn.

Redbridge Council brought charges against them when, in May this year, an unsuspecting resident purchased 20cl bottle of what was supposed to be Glen’s vodka which he or she discovered upon opening it had “a chemical smell” and weird taste.

The resident made a complaint to Citizens Advice who notified Redbridge Council’s trading standards team.

They sent the bottles to a laboratory where they were confirmed to be fake.

The labels and caps were forged, while the liquid was found to have an alcohol strength of 36.98per cent rather than the legal minimum requirement of 37.5pc.

The bottle also lacked a “lot code” and it had “a smell of methanol”.

A letter sent by Mrs Sanli’s defence to Environmental Health and Consumer Protection ahead of the September trial which said that she was responsible only for “paper work”, pointing the finger at her dad.

But trading standards’ application states that it will make the case at the licensing meeting that Ms Sanli, of Dovehouse Mead, Barking, was also culpable.

“As she did the accounting, she would surely have known when bottles that came from “other sources” were acquired,” the application reads.

The meeting will take place at 7.15pm at Redbridge Town Hall, in High Road.

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