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1,500 items seized over Xmas

 
Created on 15/01/2018 @ 09:59
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Local trading standards officers seized over 1,500 counterfeit items over the Christmas period totaling £30,000.

Across Wales, it has been revealed that more than 4,000 items worth over £130,000 were seized in raids.

Welsh councils’ trading standards teams carried out 39 raids and netted items believed to be fake, including toys, clothes, footwear and cosmetics.

More than 100 traders in Wales were targeted by authorities this Christmas and a number of campaigns had warned the public about buying ‘bargain’ gifts.

Powys seized the largest amount of goods through their four raids which did not include the counterfeit cigarettes or tobacco which were also found in the county.

Trading standards officers from Powys council said they also uncovered a “sizeable network of sales of counterfeit tobacco” which ran “into the millions”.

Alison Farrar, who leads Wales Heads of Trading Standards, said its officers had urged shoppers to be “alert and aware” when it came to buying presents in the run up to Christmas.

“Counterfeiting is a serious crime which can have a real impact upon our communities, and the seizure of this large haul of counterfeit goods across Wales is the result of a lot of hard work by a number of different organisations all working together to ensure these items don't end up for sale,” she said.


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