Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service

COUNTERFEIT CROOKS CAUGHT IN THE ACT
SANTA CLAUSE 2 TOO SOON

 

In the run up to Christmas, West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service, as part of a joint initiative with West Yorkshire Police, are cracking down on the supply of counterfeit goods. On Sunday 1st December, officers raided the car boot sale in Halifax town centre, following complaints made by members of the public.

During the operation, a number of vehicles at the event were targeted, resulting in three arrests and a massive seizure of illegally copied music, computer software, videos and DVDs.  Almost 3500 counterfeit items were seized, with an estimated street value in excess of £100,000. The fakes included some of the latest blockbuster titles, such as Santa Clause the Movie 2, Harry Potter 2 and the latest James Bond film, Die Another Day.

Martin Wood, West Yorkshire’s Chief Trading Standards Officer commented, “I am delighted with the success of this operation. The people of West Yorkshire have a right to be protected from the insidious activities of counterfeiting. The vast majority of these goods are of such poor quality that they just cannot be used, and in effect people are handing over their hard-earned cash for worthless goods. Those who dabble in these activities will have to face up to the consequences, which could result in a maximum prison sentence of up to 10 years, as this Service will have no hesitation in taking action against the offenders.

Councillor Graham Clarke, Chair of West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee said, “I applaud the work of the officers in this case. Both consumers and the legitimate business community lose out from the sale of counterfeit goods. Whilst people may be tempted by a cheap bargain, I would remind people that using counterfeit goods, especially in this case, are of inferior quality and can damage equipment such as video recorders and DVD players.

 

For further information please contact:

Dennis Ager, Trading Standards Officer, tel 0113 289 8220

Paul Smith, Principal Officer, tel 0113 289 8219

Graham Hebblethwaite, Divisional Manager General Media Contact, tel 0113 289 8218