Suppliers of fake market goods raided

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RAIDS have been carried out as part of an operation to tackle counterfeiting at Bovingdon Market.

A major operation was carried out by Hertfordshire Trading Standards in April this year to stem the tide of counterfeit goods such as DVDs, handbags and sunglasses making their way to the market.

Last Wednesday raids were carried out at three addresses in Luton and Dunstable, which were linked to the sale of such goods at Bovingdon Market.

One of these was set up to manufacture counterfeit CDs and DVDS, kitted out with blank discs, cases, printers, and three DVD burner towers, which have the potential to produce hundreds of discs per hour.

Also found during the raids were a large quantity of handbags, sunglasses and cosmetics all appearing to be from well-known brands.

The raids were part of a joint operation involving Hertfordshire Trading Standards, Bedfordshire Police, FACT (Federation against Copyright Theft), the BPI (the British Recorded Music Industry) and an officer from Cambridgeshire Trading Standards.

The county council’s cabinet member for community safety Richard Thake said: “These raids are an indication of our determination to stamp out the sale of counterfeit goods and hopefully they will serve as a deterrent to other would-be counterfeiters.

“We would also like to warn consumers of the dangers of purchasing counterfeit goods.

“These items are often of inferior quality and can be potentially dangerous.”

FACT director general Kieron Sharp said: “Criminals operating at markets are not only harming those wishing to trade legally but are also threatening the jobs of many others whose skills create the films and TV programmes we all love.”

Anyone who believes they have bought counterfeit goods is asked to contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 for advice.