Man held over illegal alcohol still in Norfolk shed

A 34-year-old-man accused of making illegal alcohol in a garden shed, has been bailed by police.

Custom officers found the still on Wednesday after noticing a "strong alcoholic smell" in the garden of a property in King's Lynn, Norfolk.

The man is accused of evaded up to £1,000 in customs revenue by using a still capable of producing large quantities of spirits.

The man is due to appear in court in February.

'Posed a danger'

A spokeswoman for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said: "Officers searching a private residence noticed a strong alcoholic smell coming from equipment in the garden shed.

"Inside they found a barrel and pipes connected to the mains water supply, with a gas burner and a quantity of flammable liquid."

Paul Barton, HMRC assistant director criminal investigation in East Anglia, said: "It not only posed a danger to the houses nearby but anyone consuming the end product would have no idea what they were drinking.

"If you are offered cheap alcohol and it's at a price that looks too good to be true, it probably is."

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