KCC Trading Standards confiscate counterfeit goods at bootfair

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Trade Standards officers from KCC, backed by Kent Police and the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, descended on a bootfair on Sunday (July 24) to crack down on the sale of counterfeit goods.

Officers and brand representatives targeted stalls in Pedham Place, Swanley and seized 1,579 counterfeit items including tobacco, clothing, watches, sunglasses and furniture. Had the products been real, they would have been worth around £530,000.

Clive Phillips, KCC Trading Standards Operations Manager, said: “The sale of counterfeit products undermines local legitimate businesses and will not be tolerated.

Counterfeit products are of inferior quality and do not meet strict consumer safety standards. It is well documented that in many cases the money from the sale of counterfeit goods helps fund organized criminal gangs.

“We will continue to work with Kent Police and brand representatives to take action against this illegal activity.”

Graham Mogg, intelligence coordinator for the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG), who took part in the action, said: “The sale of counterfeit goods is often seen as a low-level crime, but in reality those who sell counterfeit goods undermine legitimate businesses and put consumers at risk risk of damage from inferior products.”

“Those involved in this illicit trade pay no taxes and take much-needed revenue from vital public services. These activities also fund other mainstream crimes such as drug trafficking and money laundering.

“ACG and the National Markets Intellectual Property Protection Group welcome the actions of Kent Trading Standards and Police in the marketplace and we will continue to support them to ensure consumers and legitimate traders are protected.”

To report the sale of counterfeit goods in your community, residents are encouraged to contact the Citizens Advice consumer hotline on 0808 223 1133.

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