Caffeinated wine Buckfast TonicCredit:SWNS.com The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow has been accused of promoting a drink linked to anti-social and criminal behaviour.Leading SNP politician Alex Neil, an MSP and former Scottish health minister, has raised concerns over the corporation “inadvertently” advertising the fortified drink Buckfast – and urged the cancellation of the broadcast at Buckfast Abbey in Devon this September.Since 2014 the drink has been linked to more than 6,500 reports of antisocial behaviour in Scotland. In 2015, the Scottish Prison Service also reported that more than 43 per cent of inmates had consumed Buckfast before their last offence.The makers of Buckfast insist there is no evidence to suggest that their brand causes any issues.However, Mr Neil said: “My concern is that this programme could be used, even inadvertently, to advertise Buckfast.”Viewers might get the impression that the BBC is endorsing Buckfast as a product. “Clearly this would not be good given the concerns about the effect of Buckfast on the people who drink it”The important thing is that they make it clear they are not promoting or endorsing Buckfast.”I think a change of venue would be the best way to achieve this. I am going to write to them about it.”A spokesman for the Antiques Roadshow said the abbey was chosen because of its historical importance and the fact it was celebrating one thousand years of worship. It was also set in a “beautiful landscape in an area of the country that the Roadshow has not visited in some time”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Stewart Wilson, a spokesman for J Chandler and Co – the manufacturers of Buckfast – said he was surprised by the remarks of the former health secretary.He said: “We are somewhat surprised my Mr Neil’s comments. We wrote to Mr Neil when he was the health secretary.”We received a reply back clearly indicating that the Scottish Government has no evidence to suggest that our brand causes any issues.”
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