Fake goods seized

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By Shel­ley Lid­dell ALI­CANTE Guardia Civil have in­ves­ti­gated 11 peo­ple, in­clud­ing six Sene­galese men, two Span­ish men and three Span­ish women, for a crime against in­dus­trial prop­erty.

The Guardia Civil started their in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing com­plaints from sports­wear reps stat­ing that fake cloth­ing was be­ing sold at the Rincón de Loix mu­nic­i­pal mar­ket.

Dur­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions they found that sev­eral mar­ket stalls were selling fake goods. The own­ers of these stalls were Sene­galese, who had set up look­outs around the perime­ter of the mar­ket to warn them of any police pres­ence, al­low­ing them to conceal the fake gear when nec­es­sary.

To avoid de­tec­tion, of­fi­cers were in plain clothes when they swooped on the stalls, giv­ing the ven­dors no time to hide their fake wares.

As well as iden­ti­fy­ing the 11 peo­ple in­volved in selling the fake gear, they seized 1,084 items in­clud­ing hand­bags, wal­lets and lux­ury watches with a mar­ket value of more than €33,455. Ten Guardia Civil of­fi­cers from Ali­cante and Calpe took part in the operation.

The Guardia Civil would like to re­mind peo­ple that when they pur­chase fakes, ev­ery­body loses out. The sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of coun­ter­feit goods is classed as a crime against in­dus­trial prop­erty.

The con­se­quences of this type of crime means an an­nual loss of €2.6 bil­lion of in­come, which is equiv­a­lent to 9.7% of sales in the sec­tor, re­sult­ing in the loss of 363,000 jobs.

The Euro­pean In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice (EUIPO) based in Ali­cante works closely with the Guardia Civil in the fight against the sale of coun­ter­feit goods in Spain and their dis­tri­bu­tion chan­nels. By Shel­ley Lid­dell OF­FI­CERS from the Guardia Civil's re­gional traf­fic de­part­ment had a busy month in Au­gust, ar­rest­ing a to­tal of 189 driv­ers for var­i­ous of­fences.

Of these, 51 were driv­ing with­out li­cence and 137 were driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol, while one driver was ar­rested for ex­ces­sive speed­ing.

These fig­ures are down by 16% in

Ad­ver­tis­ing fea­ture

com­par­i­son with Au­gust 2016.

Break­ing the ar­rests down by prov­ince, Valencia had 20 driv­ers with­out a li­cence and 86 drunk driv­ers, Castel­lon had two with­out a li­cence and 17 un­der the in­flu­ence, and Ali­cante had 29 with­out li­cences, 34 drunk driv­ers and one driver who was caught do­ing 179 km per hour in an 80 km per hour limit zone.

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