Fake goods worth millions seized at Wellesbourne Market - again

By IH Wednesday 18 December 2013 Updated: 18/12 10:58

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FAKE goods worth millions of pounds have again been seized at Wellesbourne Market.

Warwickshire trading standards officers seized £4.2 million in counterfeit goods in a swoop on Saturday (December 14), including fake clothing, perfumes and electrical products with brand names including Adidas, Superdry, Chanel and dr dre. The raid followed a £3.1 million seizure in September.

Of particular concern to officers were the number of counterfeit electrical items seized, including counterfeit hairdryers and straighteners on sale to Christmas shopping bargain-hunters. Tests revealed these items had potentially lethal safety defects.

Other fake electrical items tested had used wiring that was so thin it could melt in use – risking fire or electrocution.

The appliances were also fitted with ‘fake’ fuses that were of such poor quality that even if they blew they might continue to conduct electricity.

The second major swoop on the long-running market at Wellesbourne airfield followed concerns raised by legitimate market traders and members of the public about the ongoing level of criminal activity at the site.

Janet Faulkner, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards, said: “This latest joint operation means that we have now seized over £7 million worth of counterfeit clothing, perfumes and electrical items in the past 3 months.”

“We are extremely concerned that someone could be seriously injured or killed by these dangerous fakes.”

“Traders in fake goods are warned that we will continue launch these joint operations to clear the markets of fake goods.”

“Those caught dealing in counterfeit goods not only risk losing the goods, but may also face losing assets such as vehicles and even their homes if they cannot prove that they were purchased from legitimate income. In addition, the maximum penalty for dealing in counterfeit goods is ten years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.”

“We will not hesitate to use all enforcement options available against those who continue to flout the law.”

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