Suspected counterfeit goods seized at trunk sale in Lancashire

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More than 800 suspected fake items have been seized from a car boot sale by Lancashire County Council.

Trading Standards officers teamed up with police to carry out the raid on Sunday May 29, 2022, seizing suspected counterfeit goods from three stalls at the Norcross Car Boot Sale in Thornton-Cleveleys.

The raid follows a tip-off from a member of the public, who alerted Trading Standards after spotting the goods at the car boot sale.

The goods seized included handbags, belts, jewelry, sunglasses, T-shirts, hoodies, tracksuits and sneakers.

The brands included alleged copies of Versace, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, Ray Ban, Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Hugo Boss, North Face and Canada Goose.

The sale or possession of counterfeit items for the purpose of sale is a criminal offense under the Trade Marks Act 1994. Investigations are continuing.

Cabinet member for health and wellbeing, County Councilor Michael Green, said: “Over 800 goods have been seized at Norcross. It’s quite a large transport and I commend our trading standards team for their achievement.

“The sale of counterfeit products is illegal, and this case proves that we are not afraid to use our powers to seize any suspected counterfeit items and work with the police to investigate.

“We want to see a level playing field for honest retailers and merchants in Lancashire selling genuine goods, especially in today’s tough economic climate.

“Protecting legitimate retailers by removing illegal operators from the market is a key part of our plans.

“Consumer welfare is also a major concern and the protection of the people of Lancashire is important to us. With counterfeit products we have no guarantee that the products will work properly, be of good quality, last or, above all, , which they will be safe to use.

“If you suspect that counterfeit products are being sold, please report them to our Trading Standards department via our Citizen’s Advice consumer helpline.”

Anyone wishing to contact Lancashire Trading Standards for advice or to report an illegal sale should call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133.

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