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Scambusters team receives national award

An organsation which leads the war on counterfeit goods worldwide has hailed the work of local Trading Standards Officers.
 
The Trading Standards East Midlands "Scambusters” Team, managed by Nottinghamshire County Council, has received a prestigious national award from the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) in recognition of its excellent work during 2010 protecting ACG members and consumers in the region from threats posed by fake goods.
 
ACG represents the interests of UK and multinational companies and works with Trading Standards to stop the trade in counterfeit goods. Counterfeiting is a serious organised crime - such fakes are always a rip-off and can be very dangerous.
 
The Special Commendation award - presented by Tom Woodward of ghd, a member of the ACG - recognises the work that the Scambusters team did on a case last year. The investigation resulted in Stuart Peach from Eastwood and Tony Hall from Mansfield being sentenced to 4 years and 10 months imprisonment respectively for their part in importing thousands of counterfeit items from China.
 
The counterfeit items included fake ghd hair straightners which were found to be dangerous and a potential fire hazard.
 
Paul Gretton, Team Manager for Scambusters said, "Our aim was to protect the public from these dangerous items and legitimate businesses from the losses they suffer as a result of counterfeiting.  We got a great result and I’m very pleased that the ACG has recognised our work in this way."
 
Councillor Mick Murphy, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Nottinghamshire County Council said, "This was a major investigation which local Trading Standards Officers planned and executed brilliantly. The team fully deserve this prestigious award, without them many of these potentially deadly items could have found their way into the homes of unsuspecting people throughout the country."
 
Tom Woodward of ghd added, "The way this case was investigated should act as a benchmark for other investigations, the work of the Trading Standards Officers was fantastic. Since the convictions we've seen a dramatic change and reduction in the amount of counterfeit activity - this case and the severe punishments clearly sent out a message to others."
 
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Photo caption
Tom Woodward, centre, presents the special commendation award to (left to right):
Councillor Eric Kerry, Nottinghamshire County Council;
Mark Walker, Group Manager of Trading Standards, Nottinghamshire County Council;
Paul Gretton, Manager of Trading Standards Scambusters East Midlands;
Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Derbyshire County Council;
Steve Allen, Trading Standards Team Leader, Derbyshire County Council;
Paul McKay, Service Director, Promoting Independence and Public Protection, Nottinghamshire County Council.
 
 
Note to Editors
 
The Trading Standards East Midlands Scambusters team is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and provided by Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards.  Its role is to work on complex, cross border criminality within the remit of Trading Standards across the East Midlands.
 
Further information on the Anti-Counterfeiting Groups is available from their website, http://www.a-cg.org/guest/index.php
 
For further information please contact Rob Shirley, Senior Media Officer on 0115 977 2802 or email  rob.shirley@nottscc.gov.uk