mini leather ugg boots 300k of fake designer gear bagged in Salford warehouse raid
300k of fake designer gear bagged in Salford warehouse raidThe haul included counterfeit Ugg boots, 150 bottles of fake Stella McCartney perfume and bogus versions of trendy Paul’s Boutique bags. The raid on an industrial unit in Lower Broughton, Salford, was carried out by trading standards officers and police after months of gathering intelligence.07:12, 16 NOV 2011Updated17:49, 21 JAN 2013FANCY: Some of the fake handbags seized
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Fake designer goods worth and due to go on sale for Christmas were seized in a dawn swoop.
It included counterfeit Ugg boots, 150 bottles of fake Stella McCartney perfume and bogus versions of trendy Paul’s Boutique bags.
The raid on an industrial unit in Lower Broughton, Salford, was carried out by trading standards officers and police after months of gathering intelligence. The operation was part of Project Gulf,
a major investigation into organised crime gangs in the city.
The scheme which aims to trip up crooks by putting every aspect of their lives under the microscope has been praised as a shining example by home secretary Theresa May. Copies of Ugg boots for adults and children, 50 Barbour jackets, 70 Juicy Couture tracksuits and 150 Paul’s Boutique jackets and 40 bags were recovered. Other famous name brands included North Face, Armani, G Star, Abercrombie and Fitch, Nike and Adidas.
Salford council trading standards, in partnership with the police, recovered the goods from a unit belonging to Gorsi Trading Ltd on Broughton Lane.
GMP said a 29 year old man from Newton Heath was arrested on suspicion of possessing counterfeit goods. A full investigation has now been launched.
Coun Ray Mashiter, Salford council lead member for environment, said: “Coming up to Christmas people may be tempted to buy designer branded goods that are being offered at prices below the normal retail value.
“Counterfeit goods are often difficult to identify but if you are offered a deal which seems too good to be true then they are probably fake. Counterfeiting is not a victimless crime as it is often linked to organised criminality. Those who carry out this type of fraud are damaging legitimate businesses and very often do not pay any taxes.”
Anyone who may have information about the sale of counterfeit goods can contact Consumer Direct on 0845 040506.
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