Alcohol warning

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Pub bosses have been warned they risk losing their licence if caught watering down drinks after a suspected case in the Dales.

Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team took samples of spirits from eight randomly selected venues during the festive period.

The checks were part of an East Midlands-wide crackdown on a process known as ‘tipping’ – where cheap spirit is passed off as a high quality branded product. Laboratory analysis of the 16 Derbyshire samples found no evidence of tipping, though.

But one sample of rum taken from a Dales pub appeared to have been watered down and investigation are ongoing.

Call 08454 040506 if you have concerns about a pub.