Posted on Wednesday 5 July 2017
Fake goods seized in the raid
Dozens of bags of counterfeit clothes, shoes and perfume have been seized by trading standards officers following a raid on a property in Deckham, Gateshead.
Large quantities of fake goods purporting to be from famous brands like UGG, Adidas, Nike and Stone Island were found at the residential address. A large sum of money was also seized in the raid, carried out jointly by Northumbria Police and Trading Standards officers from Gateshead Council.
The seller of the fake goods had been tracked down after being discovered using social networking sites to sell the counterfeit goods. In total 50 large evidence bags and eight boxes of t-shirts, jeans, shoes and a variety of other garments were removed from the home. The clothing has an estimated re-sale value of thousands of pounds.
Councillor Kevin Dodds, Chair of Tyne and Wear Trading Standards Joint Committee, said: “This is a very large seizure and we are working with our legal team to consider what action to take. As well as rogue traders undercutting legitimate sellers, selling counterfeit goods of poor quality brings criminality into our local neighbourhoods which disrupts the community as a whole.”
“Selling counterfeit clothes is not a victimless crime. The genuine producers of clothing employ thousands of people across the world and these fake goods have an impact on them. At the same time, this counterfeit clothing will almost certainly have been imported and sold without any form of tax being paid.”