Haul of fake designer goods worth £100,000 seized at Cambridgeshire market

Designer clothes, Apple chargers and Pokémon toys were among the haul of fake goods seized by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards Service this week.

The officers, who were joined by Cambridgeshire police and a number of different trade mark representatives, found the items – enough to fill a 10ft container - during an inspection of vehicles as they arrived on site at Bourn Market on Bank Holiday Monday (May 7).

Counterfeit goods including underwear, socks, t-shirts, hats, shirts, toys, phone cases, watches, sunglasses, hand bags and pendants were seized from six vehicles along with additional counterfeit goods uncovered during further inspections of the market.

Designer brands including Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Hollister, Armani and Hugo Boss were found along with CDs, Samsung Galaxy mobile phone covers, Apple chargers and Pokémon toys.

Officers also seized unsafe toys from six traders who were selling them without any indication of who imported them. These traders were given advice and their local Trading Standards Services will be notified.

Peter Gell, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards Service Head of Regulatory Services, said: “This successful operation not only serves to protect consumers from purchasing unsafe toys but recovering £100,000 of fake goods helps protect traders who sell genuine products from being undermined in the market place. This should serve as a warning to people that we won’t tolerate this kind of illegal trading in our county”.

All traders handed over the goods to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards Service where they will be lawfully disposed of.

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