Counterfeit wine leads to loss of licence for Glenrothes man

Costcutter, Glenwood Centre, Glenrothes
Costcutter, Glenwood Centre, Glenrothes

A Glenrothes man has lost both his personal and premises licence to sell alcohol after trading standards officers found counterfeit wine in his shop.

Fife Licensing Board revoked the personal liquor licence of Mohammed Arif and his premises licence for Costcutters Southfield Hill Ltd, Glenrothes, following a review on March 31.

As part of the ‘Fake Free Fife’ campaign, trading standards officers visited the Glenwood shop last year after receiving intelligence that counterfeit goods were being sold there.

Mr Arif, of Loyne Court, was fined £1000 and Costcutters Southfield Hill Ltd. was fined £6500 at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court in December for having more than 80 fake bottles of Blossom Hill wine on sale on two separate occasions at the store.

Cllr. Bob Young, board chairman, said: “We expect licence holders to comply with the appropriate licensing objectives.

‘‘In this case there were serious breaches of trading standards laws which were brought to the attention of the licensing board.

‘‘This is the first time that a premises licence has been revoked on the basis of a review arising from counterfeiting offences.”