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Suspect tobacco and 'designer' goods seized in Boston

14 December 2017

Lincolnshire County Council’s Trading Standards team has led another successful operation - this time seizing a large haul of counterfeit goods.

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Investigations took place following intelligence from the public about items on a Facebook selling page, which led to the discovery of a large haul of goods, believed to be counterfeit, from an address in Boston.

Joining forces with Lincolnshire Police, a Trading Standards team gained entry and searched a residential property on Red Lion Street in the town, where they discovered a quantity of perfume, make-up, jewellery and watches.

The joint raid also uncovered almost 30kg of hand-rolling tobacco, along with nearly 4kg of raw tobacco.

The suspected fake brands included Calvin Klein, Chanel, Dior, Hugo Boss and Gucci, while the Facebook page had more than 3,000 likes and was part of a selling group which had more than 300 members.

The success of the operation has been well received by Trading Standards Principal Officer Andrew Wright. He said: “We are delighted that after lots of hard work from officers behind the scenes, we have been able to take a quantity of illicit and dangerous items out of the market place.

“We are grateful to members of the public who come forward to raise the alarm so that we can help stop this type of crime, it not only damages legitimate local businesses, but can result in people unwittingly buying harmful products.”

Perfumes and make-up which have not been through the relevant testing procedures or subjected to industry regulations can be extremely hazardous.

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Previously fake perfumes seized by Trading Standards teams have been found to contain anti-freeze and urine.

Senior Trading Standards Officer Emma Beckett said: “People who come into contact with these items should know that if they do not comply with any regulations they have not been through the usual rigorous testing procedures.

“No-one knows what chemicals have gone into them or what harm they can cause. The same applies to counterfeit jewellery or watches because they are in contact with the skin.

“Our advice to people who are buying on-line or via facebook is to be sure their branded goods are legitimate before purchasing. There is no way of knowing whether they are safe to use.

“All of these items will be sent off to be confirmed as counterfeit and a prosecution report will then be put together.”

 

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