Fake goods seized in raid on Barking market
PUBLISHED: 10:08 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:07 02 July 2010
A MASSIVE haul of dodgy designer clothes worth more than £150,000 have been seized in a raid on Barking Market. Barking and Dagenham Council s trading standards team have just revealed that they chose the market s busiest time of year - the week before C
A MASSIVE haul of dodgy designer clothes worth more than £150,000 have been seized in a raid on Barking Market.
Barking and Dagenham Council's trading standards team have just revealed that they chose the market's busiest time of year - the week before Christmas - to launch the undercover operation, which took place on Tuesday, December 18.
The raid, which was supported by the police and street wardens, targeted two stalls suspected of selling counterfeit brands, including Nike, Ralph Lauren, Fred Perry and Armani and involved the removal of 10,000 items of clothing.
Several test purchases had previously been made from the stalls, and both stallholders had received warning letters regarding the sale of fake goods.
Charfleets, operators for the market, say that their officers have been forced to become more vigilant over the last year.
Charfleet director, Frank Nash explained that those stallholders involved in the sale of illegal goods were finding 'increasingly subtle ways of going about it.'
He said that subterfuges included hiding counterfeit items among legitimate products, and branching out into less widely known American brands, such as Ecko and Evisu, which were harder for market inspectors to spot.
He said, "Buying counterfeit goods is popular, but that doesn't make it right. It is illegal and if we see it happening we will take action."
Cllr Mick McCarthy said this was not a one-off raid, but part of an ongoing operation to clampdown on illegal trading.
He said, "All those people who engage in such practices will face prosecution."
Trading standards officers say they are preparing the case for court action.