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Six arrested over suspect counterfeit goods


12:12pm 18th July 2012

Six people were arrested as they left Seamer Horse Fair on Sunday 15 July (2012) during a joint operation with North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire County Council’s Trading Standards Department.  

Following concerns that counterfeit goods were being sold at the fair, covert Trading Standards officers purchased a number of items bearing well known labels which they suspected were counterfeit. This led to a joint operation with North Yorkshire Police to arrest the sellers of the goods and seize the items on sale.

On the afternoon of Sunday 15 July, police intercepted three vehicles leaving the site and arrested six people, seized three vans, an amount of cash and a large quantity of suspected counterfeit goods, including hundreds of items of clothing.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Trading Standards, said:

"I can confirm that a significant seizure of goods took place on Sunday 15 July at the Seamer Horse Fair Event. All the goods seized are suspected of being counterfeit and include a wide range of clothing items.

"At a time when the country is facing recession and small businesses are struggling to survive, it is more important than ever that we take steps with our partners to ensure local, legitimate businesses don't lose trade to rogue traders, including counterfeiters. For this reason we will continue to work effectively with our partners, including North Yorkshire Police, to protect their interests as well as unsuspecting consumers who are buying items in good faith, believing them to be genuine."

North Yorkshire Police’s Superintendent Glyn Payne, Commander for the Scarborough and Ryedale District, echoed Cllr Metcalfe’s comments, and added:

“The arrests demonstrate the excellent working relationship between the police and local councils in our drive to disrupt criminality in our neighbourhoods. Illegal activity will not be tolerated and anyone who thinks they will get away with it in North Yorkshire is sadly mistaken.”

The arrested people include two men from London aged 38 and 40, two women from London aged 34 and 47 and a man, 75 and a woman, 69,  from Essex.

They have been released on bail while enquiries continue.

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