Thousands of counterfeit items seized by Border Force

Thousands of counterfeit items seized by Border Force

The UK Border Force says it has seized thousands of counterfeit items entering the UK in the run up to Christmas.

More than 10,000 fake items, from designer scarves, bags and trainers through to electrical equipment have been seized at UK ports and clearance centres since the start of November. All of the items are said to have originated in China.

The haul includes counterfeit Chanel, Burberry and Gucci scarves with an estimated value over £900,000, fake bags and trainers worth over £800,000 and counterfeit Dr Dre Beats headphones and Apple earphones worth more than £750,000. UK Security Minister, Brandon Lewis, said: "These seizures show how effective Border Force officers are in cracking down on criminality across our ports, airports and mail hubs to keep fake, counterfeit goods out of the country. Their critical work protects legitimate business and ensures that smugglers do not profit."

Consumers who believe they have purchased counterfeit goods are advised to contact Action Fraud, their local Trading Standards office or visit the Citizens Advice website. Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to www.gov.uk/report-smuggling

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