Bolton Council is cracking down on the sale of counterfeit goods this Christmas.
Trading standards officers have been working closely with Greater Manchester Police and HM Revenue and Customs, visiting markets and car boot sales to target the counterfeiters and seize fake goods.
During a series of joint raids in Great Lever and Farnworth over the past month, trading standards officers and the police have already seized counterfeit DVDs, CDs and video games with a retail value in excess of £100,000 along with over £5,000 worth of counterfeit clothing. HM Revenue and Customs have also been taking action to stop the sale of counterfeit and smuggled cigarettes and tobacco.
Bolton Council Executive Member for Licensing Nick Peel commented: “We’re sending a clear message to the counterfeiters to stay away from Bolton this Christmas. As well as continuing to disrupt their activities by seizing their goods, we’re making test purchases using covert video filming to target the people behind the trade in fakes. We’ve already identified a number of key individuals and their vehicles and will continue to gather evidence so we can bring these criminals before the courts.”
The DVDs seized include films which are still in the cinema such as 2012 and Harry Brown. Many of the video games on sale include up to twelve different titles on one disc which would cost over £250 if buying the genuine items. Further joint raids by trading standards, police and HM Revenue and Customs will be made in the run up to Christmas.