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Police seize 2.85m of fake goods at market in ONE afternoonOfficers make four arrests during swoop on rogue traders at Wellesbourne, in Warwickshire15:02, 18 SEP 2013Updated15:13, 18 SEP 2013Warwickshire Police and Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards seized nearly 3m worth of counterfeit goods at Wellesbourne Airfield Market on Saturday Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice seized almost million in counterfeit goods at a popular market in Warwickshire in just ONE afternoon.Officers said the raid at Wellesbourne market was the largest ever single recovery of fake goods at any UK market.Police made four arrests during the swoop on Saturday.The operation was carried out by Warwickshire Police, Warwickshire Trading Standards and HM Revenue Customs.More than 20 police officers descended on the busy airfield market with the aim of tackling rogue trading.Graham Consterdine, head of brand protection at BP Abraxas, said: “This raid has been the greatest overall single recovery of counterfeit goods of any UK market ever. I’d like to thank everyone involved for making it such a success.”The Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball accompanied Warwickshire Chief Constable Andy Parker to a raid on the market at about 4pm. Police swooped on the market as traders were dismantling their stalls at the end of the day.Police said people in two vehicles tried to make off but were stopped and officers found a large quantity of fake goods inside.Nine other vehicles were abandoned and t shirts, jackets, trainers,
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DVDs, watches, make up, perfume and electrical items were found inside by police officers. In total, the fake goods are believed to be worth million.Four men were arrested on suspicion of illegal trading at the market.Afterwards, six homes in Birmingham were searched by police and trading standards officers who found more conterfeit items and a quantity of money. The men were released while trading standards make further enquiries.”Wellesbourne market is a popular local feature in south Warwickshire. It is also sadly an opportunity for “rogue traders” to ply counterfeit and illegal goods. Apart from selling the public short, and sometimes endangering them with shoddy products they threaten the livelihood of other traders trying to earn a legitimate living.”I was impressed to witness first hand this two part operation. I personally witnessed arrests, vehicle seizures and large quantities of fake goods being abandoned by illegal traders all these operations were conducted in a highly professional manner. The message is simple. Legitimate traders are welcome. We will disrupt the operation of the non legitimate traders.”Janet Faulkner, Head of Warwickshire trading standards, said; “A key priority of Warwickshire trading standards service is to support legitimate business and take action against those trading unlawfully.”
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