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Fake cases bust

Twenty thousand fake camera cases worth an estimated £500,000 were seized during a warrant executed by Trafford Trading Standards under the Trade Mark Act 2004.
The cases, branded as Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Nikon, Pentax and Kodak were seized at a property in Bowdon as part of a joint operation between the Council and Canon.

Also during the search computer equipment, suspected to have been used to sell the cases and other counterfeit items such as camera lenses and fake designer goods, were discovered.

Trading Standards carried out the warrant acting on intelligence gathered from Canon who discovered the counterfeit goods being sold online and carried out a number of test purchases.

A spokesman from Canon Europe, who was present during the operation, said: 'We have been impressed with the way Trafford Trading Standards have carried out this operation, with excellent organisation and a very positive outcome. 

'It is ultimately the consumer that is impacted by counterfeit products.  It is therefore a great result that this operation has seized a significant amount of counterfeit products which are now out of circulation.'