Suspected counterfeit goods seized from Fenham property
Suspected counterfeit clothes that were potentially worth thousands of pounds to an individual attempting to sell them through social media have been seized.
Newcastle City Council’s Trading Standards officers executed a warrant at a residential property in Fenham having been made aware of the illegal operation.
Inside the property they found dozens of items of suspected counterfeit goods including coats, tracksuits, shirts, shoes and trainers, and accessories. Among them were fake Nike, Chanel, Gucci, Adidas and Fila items.
The owner was attempting to sell the products for between £20 and £60 through social networking websites. Altogether, they had a street value of approximately £2,500.
Cllr Nick Kemp, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for environment, said: “This was a brazen attempt to break trademark law with cheap and nasty counterfeit products.
“These transactions leave consumers with poor-quality items that don’t meet the standards of the genuine article, often made with a complete lack of safety and regulation.
“Thankfully these items won’t go any further and we can show others seeking to profit from the established names of well-known brands that they will face prosecution when they’re caught.
“I would also like to praise the excellent work of our Trading Standards officers who work closely with Northumbria Police to stamp out this kind of operation.”
The operation was carried out in partnership with Northumbria Police officers. The investigation continues.
If you have information about counterfeit goods being sold in Newcastle, contact our Trading Standards team at email@example.com or call 0191 2116121.