Counterfeit Louis Vuitton and Versace among 800 items seized from Thornton-Cleveleys vault

During a raid, over 800 suspected fake items were sized from Norcross Car Boot Sale in Thornton-Cleveleys.

Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Officers joined forces with police to carry out the Sunday May 29 raise by seizing suspected counterfeit goods from three stalls. One tip came from a member of the public who alerted Trading Standards after spotting the wares at the car boot sale.

Items seized included handbags, belts, jewelry, sunglasses, t-shirts, hoodies, tracksuits and sneakers. The brands included alleged copies of Versace, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, Ray Ban, Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Hugo Boss, North Face and Canada Goose.

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Investigations into the incident are continuing. County Councilor Michael Green, cabinet member responsible for health and welfare, said: “Over 800 goods have been seized at Norcross. It’s quite a large transport and I commend our trading standards team for his sucess.

“The sale of counterfeit products is illegal, and this case proves that we are not afraid to use our powers to seize any suspected counterfeit items and work with the police to investigate.

“We want to see a level playing field for honest retailers and merchants in Lancashire selling genuine goods, especially in today’s tough economic climate.

“Protecting legitimate retailers by removing illegal operators from the market is a key part of our plans. Consumer welfare is also a key concern and the protection of Lancashire residents is important to us. With counterfeit products we do not We make no guarantees that the products will work properly, be of good quality, last or, more importantly, be safe to use.

“If you suspect that counterfeit products are being sold, please report them to our Trading Standards department via our Citizen’s Advice consumer helpline.”

Anyone wishing to contact Lancashire Trading Standards for advice or to report an illegal sale should call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133.

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