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Stamping out fake goods

Cllr Hazel Chase and Neil Clark with some of the fake goods seized in recent inspections.

Organisers of a weekly car boot sale are the latest recruits to North East Lincolnshire Council Trading Standards’ Real Deal scheme.

The scheme was launched two years ago in a bid to stamp out the illegal trade in counterfeit goods and to ensure businesses are fully compliant with the relevant laws.
Organisers of the car boot sale that takes place on Sunday mornings on land next to Morrison’s supermarket on the A46 Grimsby Road are the latest people to sign up to Real Deal.

Other markets and car boot sales in the borough that have committed to the scheme include Cleethorpes Street Market, Grimsby Top Town Market, Grimsby Farmers’ Market, Grimsby Christmas Market and Oaklands car boot sale.

Fake goods are often cheap, low-quality imitations of genuine products and those who profit from them ultimately damage the business of popular brands and legitimate traders.

Trading in counterfeit goods risks a penalty of up to 10 years in prison or an unlimited fine.

Cllr Hazel Chase, portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “On the face of it a counterfeit DVD or T-shirt might seem like a bargain, but do you really know what you’re getting? Fake goods are usually shoddy copies but sometimes they can be downright dangerous. And when you hand over your cash you could be supporting criminal gangs who deal drugs, traffic people and other types of organised crime. If you’re not on board already, I’d like to stress the importance to other markets and car boot sales to sign up.”

Neil Clark, from North East Lincolnshire Council Trading Standards, said: “Officers from the Trading Standards team carry out regular inspections of local car boot sales and markets and also investigate online sales. Inspections carried out already this year have unearthed fake One Direction wristbands and Hello Kitty jewellery with a combined street value of about £1,200. The stall owners were given advice on the offences of selling counterfeit goods and the items were surrendered to officers. The Trading Standards team works with all kinds of businesses helping to promote good practice, raise standards and keep abreast of the latest legislation. Contact us to find out how we can help.”

All of the premises and markets signed up to the Real Deal scheme have been given signs to display informing shoppers about fake goods.

Information about fake goods on sale in North East Lincolnshire should be reported to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506.

Suspected fakes in North East Lincolnshire can also be reported via text message – simply text the word ‘fakes’ followed by your information to 82055.