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Joint raid uncovers counterfeit designer goods and tobacco

bundles of fake goods

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of suspected fake children's toys, designer clothes, trainers and perfume, and thousands of cigarettes were seized in a series of raids across Tyneside last week.

Trading standards officers from Gateshead, Newcastle, and South Tyneside councils were accompanied by Northumbria Police officers to execute search warrants at a self-storage facility in Dunston as well as at homes in the Elswick area of Newcastle and in South Shields.

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Above: clothing purporting to be by major brands were seized
The raids uncovered hundreds of counterfeit items bearing the branding for major brands like Versace, Paco Rabanne, Nike, The North Face and the Minions from the popular animated film Despicable Me.

Councillor Kevin Dodds, chairman of the Tyne and Wear Joint Trading Standards Committee, said "This was a significant haul of counterfeit goods."

"Selling counterfeit clothes is not a victimless crime. We've taken a huge number of fake items out of circulation and prevented a great many innocent people from being conned out of their hard-earned cash.

"As well as undercutting legitimate sellers, rogue traders selling poor quality counterfeit goods bring criminality into our local neighbourhoods. This joint operation should send out a very clear message to those who sell fake goods that we will take action to protect those communities by acting against rogue traders.

"I'd like to congratulate the officers on a successful exercise which has had such a positive result and urge anyone with information about anyone selling fake or potentially dangerous items to get in touch."

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Above: large quantities of fake tobacco goods were also seized
Among the items seized were a number of T-shirts bearing the Versace name, bottles of Paco Rabanne Lady Million and Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume, plastic Minions toys, North Face jackets, Nike trainers, and designer handbags - all of which officers believe may not be the genuine article.

Thousands of suspected illegal cigarettes and packets of hand-rolling tobacco were also seized.

If you have any information about the sale of illegal tobacco, you can report it completely anonymously to the Keep It Out campaign at https://keep-it-out.co.uk/

You can report the sale of counterfeit goods in complete confidence either by emailing tradingstandards@gateshead.gov.uk or by phone (0191) 433 3000

bundles of fake goods
28 January 2020

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of suspected fake children's toys, designer clothes, trainers and perfume, and thousands of cigarettes were seized in a series of raids across Tyneside last week.

Trading standards officers from Gateshead, Newcastle, and South Tyneside councils were accompanied by Northumbria Police officers to execute search warrants at a self-storage facility in Dunston as well as at homes in the Elswick area of Newcastle and in South Shields.

Raid fake good 01
Above: clothing purporting to be by major brands were seized
The raids uncovered hundreds of counterfeit items bearing the branding for major brands like Versace, Paco Rabanne, Nike, The North Face and the Minions from the popular animated film Despicable Me.

Councillor Kevin Dodds, chairman of the Tyne and Wear Joint Trading Standards Committee, said "This was a significant haul of counterfeit goods."

"Selling counterfeit clothes is not a victimless crime. We've taken a huge number of fake items out of circulation and prevented a great many innocent people from being conned out of their hard-earned cash.

"As well as undercutting legitimate sellers, rogue traders selling poor quality counterfeit goods bring criminality into our local neighbourhoods. This joint operation should send out a very clear message to those who sell fake goods that we will take action to protect those communities by acting against rogue traders.

"I'd like to congratulate the officers on a successful exercise which has had such a positive result and urge anyone with information about anyone selling fake or potentially dangerous items to get in touch."

Raid fake goods 03
Above: large quantities of fake tobacco goods were also seized
Among the items seized were a number of T-shirts bearing the Versace name, bottles of Paco Rabanne Lady Million and Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume, plastic Minions toys, North Face jackets, Nike trainers, and designer handbags - all of which officers believe may not be the genuine article.

Thousands of suspected illegal cigarettes and packets of hand-rolling tobacco were also seized.

If you have any information about the sale of illegal tobacco, you can report it completely anonymously to the Keep It Out campaign at https://keep-it-out.co.uk/

You can report the sale of counterfeit goods in complete confidence either by emailing tradingstandards@gateshead.gov.uk or by phone (0191) 433 3000

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