Off licence owners have been warned about the dangers of selling counterfeit alcohol and cigarettes after a rise in cases across the region.
Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards officers have written to all 2,500 licensed premises in the county warning that they face prosecution if they are found to be selling illegal products.
They are also warning consumers of the serious health risks of buying cut price products.
Cllr Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We’ve seen a marked increase in the amount of counterfeit products on sale across the county – including vodka, wine and cigarettes.
“They are often produced by criminal gangs with no regard for health regulations and can pose a serious risk.”