Issued By
West Yorkshire Trading
Standards Service

Counterfeiting Doesn’t Pay

Thousands of counterfeit Cartier watches, Montblanc pens and other expensive branded goods have been seized in a joint operation between officers from West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service. The operation was assisted by Intellectual Property specialists Willoughby & Partners.

The goods were seized in Leeds city centre this week. It is estimated that the pens and watches would have a value in excess of 2 million pounds if genuine

Councillor Clarke, Chairman of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said “In the run up to Christmas unscrupulous individuals often try to take advantage of consumers by selling fake goods such as those seized in this operation. Anybody considering this line of business should beware as Trading Standards will continue to work with the Police to get these goods off the market.”

Chief Inspector Graham Archer, of Chapeltown Police, said: "This is excellent co-operative work between ourselves and our partners. Although this is not priority crime, those that do engage in it and reap considerable financial rewards are passing inferior counterfeit goods off as genuine."

Bharat Dube, Senior Counsel for Cartier and Montblanc was delighted with the news “Counterfeiting is a very real problem in the UK, if Police and Trading Standards carry on like this - this should become a thing of the past”

For further information:

Paul Smith, Principal Officer 0113 289 8219
Carol Hallett, General media Contact 0113 383 6431

Notes to editors:

1) In addition to the attached picture, photographs of the seized items can be arranged on request

2) Photo attached left to right Sgt Dave Holden - Chapeltown Division West Yorkshire Police, Councillor Graham Clarke – Chairman West Yorkshire Trading Standards, Carol Hallett – West Yorkshire Trading Standards

3) Two men from North Leeds were arrested and questioned on suspicion of
possession of goods which breach the criminal provisions of the Trade Marks Act 1994 and have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.