Counterfeit goods with a resale value of more than £100,000 were seized by KCC Trading Standards officers in raids on three premises on Sheppey.
Kent Police and the Anti-Counterfeiting Group – which represents 3,000 brands affected by this crime – supported Trading Standards as it targeted three stall holders operating out of the Leysdown area, who were suspected to be supplying fake goods.
A total of 2,485 suspected counterfeit items were seized with a retail value of £107,965. Items included DVDs, trainers, clothing and sunglasses.
The three locations were:
Leysdown Bootfair – 728 DVDs and 114 CDs
Leysdown Market – 367 items of clothing and footwear.
A public house car park – 1,276 Items of clothing, footwear, sunglasses and caps.
Clive Phillips, KCC Trading Standards’ Complex Investigations Operations Manager, said: “We will continue to work with our partners in stamping out this illegal trade which undermines legitimate local businesses.”
Criminal investigations are now ongoing.
Mike Hill, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “Our Trading Standards officers, Kent Police and the ACG are working closely together, sharing intelligence to target this kind of criminal activity and we will continue to take appropriate action against it.”