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New Book Tells Story Of Britain's First Floating Off-Licence

2nd April 2015
New Book Tells Story Of Britain's First Floating Off-Licence

#BaccyBoat - It was a tale almost too good to be true when a cheeky sailor opened a tax-free floating off-licence in international waters just off the British coast a decade ago.

But now Phil Berriman has written a new book, The Baccy Boat, detailing the true-life exploits of his "tax-avoiding wheeze", as the Daily Mail reports.

The ebook tells the story of how Berriman moored his yacht The Rich Harvest some 13 miles offshore from Hartlepool, just beyond the UK's territorial waters limit, and began selling cheap booze and tobacco stocked up from tax-exempt Heligoland in the North Sea.

His roaring trade was shut down by customs officials just three months later - but while his stock was seized and destroyed, a High Court judge later ruled that he had not broken any laws.

The Daily Mail has more on the story HERE.

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