Issued By
North Yorkshire
County Council

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TRADING STANDARDS officers employed by North Yorkshire County Council have seized a substantial quantity of electrical items being sold by doorstep traders.

Many of the counterfeit and dangerous power tools seized, bore the false trade name ‘Maketa’ and included drills, screwdrivers, sanders and saws.

These were being offered for sale by doorstep traders taking them to various addresses around North Yorkshire.

In a planned operation in the run-up to Christmas, the county council's trading standards officers also seized more than £20,000 worth of counterfeit music CDs, videos and mp3s in evening operations at a large county car boot sale.

A number of individuals were arrested and it is likely that charges will be following.

Councillor Carl Les, the county council's executive member for trading standards, said: “Many of these products may seem tempting for family Christmas presents especially when they are being offered at knock down prices. Some will seem to be a real bargain, especially when they are brought to the door.

"The unfortunate reality is that people will be disappointed either because the counterfeit product is sub-standard or even worse, dangerous. This is a particularly busy time for trading standards officers and the county council message is that we will clamp down hard on offenders who are taking advantage of the season and so often those who can least afford it."

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: If you would like a photo of the goods seized please contact Graham Venn at trading standards on 01609766408.

16/12/03 Contact: Graham Venn on 01609-766408

Executive member: Councillor Carl Les (Con) 01677-423702 Mob: 07860-639600
Group spokespeople: Councillor Steve Shaw-Wright (Lab) 01757-708849; Councillor Mrs Caroline Seymour (Lib-Dem) 01642-710382; Councillor Peter Brown (Con) 01609-780240.