Shop­pers warned of fake goods as coun­ter­feit items seized

Western Mail - - NEWS -

COUN­TER­FEIT goods in­clud­ing more than £1.5m worth of “Calvin Klein” un­der­pants are among thou­sands of fake items seized by Bor­der Force of­fi­cers in the run-up to Christ­mas.

Shop­pers are be­ing warned against buy­ing fake goods as they hunt for bar­gains dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

Among the items seized at UK ports and air­ports in re­cent weeks were 82,320 pairs of “Calvin Klein” un­der­pants worth about £1.5m, and 1,440 “Su­perdry” hoodie tops worth about £100,000 at Southamp­ton port.

Also found at the Hamp­shire port were 450 coun­ter­feit Dyson fans and Ap­ple charg­ers worth about £182,500 and 2,112 Spi­derman, Poke­mon and Hello Kitty hand-held fans worth about £31,680.

Some 16,000 Gil­lette Mach 3 ra­zor blades worth about £143,840 were seized at Heathrow Air­port and 1,530 Pan­dora charms worth about £45,900 at Manch­ester Air­port.

A to­tal of 379 Barcelona and Borus­sia Dort­mund foot­ball shirts were found at Dover Port worth about £16,149, and 48 pairs of Nike Va­por­max train­ers worth about £5,760 were found at Manch­ester Air­port. Also, dur­ing a two-day op­er­a­tion held at East Mid­lands Air­port in Novem­ber, Bor­der Force of­fi­cers seized 5,767 items with an es­ti­mated re­tail value of £2.6m, in­clud­ing 485 Louis Vuit­ton, Diesel, Hublot and Bulgari watches worth about £1.4m.

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