Issued By
Cumbria County Council

THIRD PUBLICAN GUILTY OF SELLING SUBSTITUTE SPIRITS

Sandra Paisley, licensee of The Newton Hotel, Dalton-in-Furness has become the third South Cumbrian publican in 15 days to be convicted of selling substitute spirits.

Barrow Magistrates sitting today (1st October) found Paisley Guilty of selling from a Gordon’s Gin bottle, gin that was not Gordons.  Paisley was fined £750 and ordered to pay £633 costs.  This case follows the court appearance on 17 September 02 at Kendal Magistrates of Nigel Zulli-Virgin of The Wheatsheaf Inn, Brigsteer and David Russell Atkinson of Idols Sports Bar, Kent Street, Kendal for spirit substitution offences.  On that occasion fines and costs  totalling £4,700 were imposed.

The charge today was brought under the Food Safety Act 1990 by Cumbria Trading Standards.

Cumbria County Councillor Jack Richardson, Community Safety Spokesperson said:

“Prosecutions of publicans selling substitute spirits are becoming more common.  It is important that publicans ensure that they only sell the genuine spirit in the correct bottle and not some cheaper version”.

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For more information on this press release, contact Patrick Thomas, Principal Officer, Cumbria Trading Standards on 01539 773591, or Eamonn Quinn on 01229 894520.