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Thousands of pounds worth of fakes seized

Thousands of pounds worth of fake goods were seized by Trading Standards Officers from Nottinghamshire County Council during an anti-counterfeiting operation at a Sunday market .
More than 3,400 items including music CDs, music MP3s, computer games and computer software were confiscated during the raid at Thoresby Market, near Ollerton on 23 October.
Items included copies of the Wii Zumba game and Adobe Photoshop CS5 software which were being sold at a fraction of their retail value. CDs containing copies of the top 100 albums for September - with a retail value of more than £1,000 - were being sold for just £5.
Many of the items had poor quality, photocopied packaging with no printing on discs, other than descriptions written in black marker pen.
It is thought that the music, games and software was a combination of illegal downloads and copies.
Two men from Sheffield, aged 26 and 36, were arrested in connection with the seizure. They were questioned at Newark Police Station and have been released on Police bail until December, pending further enquiries.
Councillor Mick Murphy, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Nottinghamshire County Council said, "Counterfeit and copied goods are bad for legitimate businesses, bad for consumers and bad for the economy.
"This was a well-cordinated operation between trading standards officers, assisted by the police and is part of a co-ordinated campaign against the sale of a wide range of counterfeit goods in the county.
"This is not the first time we have targeted operations at markets. This latest action should send out a clear message to all those trading counterfeit goods that we will catch you and you risk not just losing all your stock, but also your assets such as your house and your car and possibly your liberty."
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Notes to Editors
In 2009, the Intellectual Property Crime Group estimated that the UK audio visual industry suffered a £535 million loss in sales due to copyright theft.
The seized items can be made available for photographing or filming upon request.