Fashion Law: Counterfeit Fashion Goods Seized From UK Open-Air Market
In today’s Fashion Law column, we are highlighting the prevalency of counterfeit fashion goods being sold on the market.
In a second raid, in a span of three months time, police and trading investigators have raided Wellesborne market, seizing £4.2 million (US$6.9 million) worth of fake goods. Raids were carried out after legitimate market traders raised concerns with local authority that crooks were partaking in criminal activity to fund their activities.
The pre-Christmas raid seized fake cosmetics and electrical items with faulty wiring that caught fire when tested. Lethal counterfeit hairdryers and straight irons, some with wiring so thin melting occurred when heated, were confiscated for fear of consumer death or serious injury upon use.
Six people, some of which sold knock-off Chanel products and other fake brand names such as Adidas and Superdry, were arrested during the raid and risk not only losing their goods, but other assets to include vehicles and homes if they cannot provide proof their items were purchased legitimately.
In the past three months, the trading standards spokesman Janet Faulkner said that they have now seized over £7 million (US$11 million) worth of counterfeit goods, to include clothing, perfumes, and electrical items. She reiterates that the maximum penalty for dealing counterfeit goods is 10 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine.
Warwickshire Trading Standards officials have warned traders that their will be continuous raids until the markets are cleared of fake goods. Investigations are currently still in progress.