Off-licence SFW Express, in Church Lane, Leytonstone, loses fake booze appeal

First published Friday 6 February 2015 in Waltham Forest E Guardian
Last updated 13:27 Friday 6 February 2015

SFW Express in Church Lane

A supermarket has lost its appeal against a decision to revoke its licence after being caught selling counterfeit alcohol and tobacco.

The owners of SFW Express, opposite Leytonstone Tube station in Church Lane, were also ordered to pay court costs of £11,983 at Stratford Magistrates Court yesterday.

Trading Standards officers found counterfeit goods including 242 bottles of wine, 154 bottles of vodka, and 63kg of tobacco In November 2013.

In June last year, Waltham Forest council’s licensing sub-committee revoked the licence after a review. But after the owners appealed the decision, meaning the shop stayed open.

The council is also prosecuting the owners for fraudulently selling goods.

A date for this case to be heard at Snaresbrook Crown Court is being arranged.

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