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COUNTERFEITS CAUGHT: £1m worth of fake goods seized at Chorleywood market

 Published on: 20th December 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Trading standards officers at Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), along with police and representatives from the Anti-Counterfeiting Group have seized over a million pounds worth of counterfeit goods from a Chorleywood market this weekend.

The items were taken from the recently-opened open-air market at Shire Farm, near to the village, on Saturday, December 17. This followed several complaints from customers and tip-offs left to the officers that fakeries were on sale there.

This included counterfeit clothing, headphones, trainers, perfumes and leather goods.

Trading Standards officers have now begun an investigation into the individuals responsible for sourcing the items, with the hope of bringing criminal charges and prosecutions against them where possible.

Research by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute reveals that counterfeit perfumes have been found to contain dangerous levels of methanol, which can cause irritation to the skin and eyes, and damage to the nervous system.

HCC councillor Morris Bright MBE, cabinet member for community safety, said: “The sale of counterfeit goods harms unsuspecting consumers as well as legitimate traders.

“We want to keep people safe from harm and support the local economy, which is why we’re determined to crack down on people who knowingly sell fake goods.

“We know people are always on the look out for bargains, but we want to remind people that while fake or counterfeit goods might be tempting, they are often a false economy.

“Products are rarely manufactured in compliance with safety regulations and can pose a serious risk to health.”

For consumer advice tips, visit the council’s dedicated trading standards page.

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