Fakes seized in car boot raid

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THOUSANDS of pounds worth of counterfeit designer jewellery and DVDs have been seized in a raid on a popular car boot sale.

Among the fake goods seized were Pandora and Tiffany & Co jewellery and DVDs of the films, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and X-Men: First Class, both of which have only just been released at the cinema.

The items were seized from the Norcross Lane Sunday Car Boot Sale in Thornton at the weekend.

The operation, carried out by the county’s trading standards team with Lancashire Police, followed an earlier undercover visit to the event which found counterfeit goods were being sold.

A total of 1,000 fake DVDs and 100 fake pieces of jewel! lery were taken from two sellers. If genuine, the items would have sold for more than £10,000.

County Coun Albert Atkinson, cabinet member for trading standards, said: “Traders selling counterfeit goods mislead consumers into paying out money for products that are of poor quality.

“The sale of fake goods also adversely affects honest businesses who lose sales and puts local jobs at risk.

“Counterfeiting is often perceived as a victimless crime. However, a recent report indicated 60 per cent of organised criminal gangs involved in counterfeiting are also involved in drug trafficking.”