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Counterfeit clothing raid by trading standards

Leicester Trading Standards Service raided a firm suspected of producing counterfeit clothing.

The raid was a joint operation with the Police and the UK Border Agency.  Over 13,000 fake garments and labels were seized. The brand holders estimated the value of the seizure at over £400,000.  As a result, two men were arrested for offences under the Trade Marks Act and bailed pending further enquiries.

Councillor Sara Russell, Cabinet Member, said 'the fake goods business damaged local businesses and the wider economy'.

Ronald Ruddock, Acting Head of Business Regulation for the City Council said
 'I am very pleased with the outcome and I am very proud of my officers who have shut down a business that was set up solely to manufacture illegal goods and therefore illegal gains.

Ben Procter, Trading Standards Officer and Officer in Charge of the operation said 'The seizure was one of the biggest we have ever dealt with.  The operation sends a clear message to businesses and individuals involved in counterfeiting and illegal business activities that we do not tolerate this behaviour in the City and we will get you at some point'.

Leicester press release 22 November 2010