HUNDREDS of litres of booze has been seized after raids on bars in Sunderland.
Police and officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) targeted premises in the city centre yesterday afternoon, hours before drinkers gathered to watch the first game of the 2014 World Cup.
A total of 700 litres of vodka were confiscated from an undisclosed number of bars and pubs.
A spokeswoman for HMRC said: “It was a joint operation between HMRC and the police, targeting illicit alcohol, and the operation is part of routine work to stamp out the problem of illicit alcohol in the North East.
“Seven hundred litres of vodka were taken from a number of premises around Sunderland.”
The spirits are being tested to see if they are genuine.
A small amount of cigarettes and tobacco were also seized after suspicions the duty on them had not been paid.
Investigations into the haul are now ongoing.