Issued By
Durham County Council

CRACKDOWN ON PIRATES

Car boot raid recovers £170,000-worth counterfeit goods

A haul of counterfeit goods worth over £170,000 was seized in a raid on a car boot sale in Seaham.

A joint operation by Durham County Council's Trading Standards and Durham Constabulary recovered pirate CDs, DVDs, MP3s and computer games.

And pirates are warned that more raids will be launched in the County to stamp out the illegal trade.

Phillip Holman, the County council's Head of Trading Standards, said: "We intend to send a clear message to the people involved in producing and distributing these items.

"We're determined to fight hard against counterfeiting in the County and we will co-ordinate our efforts with the police and the industry.

"This operation is likely to be one of many with more seizures and prosecutions to come," he said.

Councillor Don Ross, Deputy Leader of the County Council, said: "Counterfeiting is a serious crime and it's certainly not victimless.

"It undermines the economic interests of legitimate businesses including record companies, artists, and independent record shops.

"Shops can't compete with the prices charged by illegal dealers when they have business rates, rent and staff wages to pay," he said.

 

Note to News Editors: For further information contact Peter Fleming, Assistant Head of Trading Standards on 0191 383 3548 or Craig Hudson, divisional manager, on 0191 383 ????