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Seized goods destined for Africa

Fake DVDs
Seized DVDs and CDs will be turned into pencils

Thousands of counterfeit items seized in Norfolk are set to be handed over to a charity which intends to put them to good use in Africa.

About 10,000 DVDs and CDs seized by Norfolk County Council's trading standards officers will be crushed and granulated and turned into pencils.

Counterfeit designer clothes and shoes will be distributed to orphanages and refugee centres, the council said.

The goods will be distributed by the His Church charity.

The council said the charity stamped all goods with 'Humanitarian Aid - Not For Commercial Use'.

As well as the 10,000 counterfeit DVDs and CDs, the council is handing more than 150 large bags of counterfeit clothes, and about 40 large bags of counterfeit shoes, which would otherwise have been destroyed.

They will be distributed to orphanages and refugee centres in Liberia.

All the goods have been seized during the last three years.

David Collinson, head of Norfolk County Council's trading standards department, said: "I am delighted that goods that have been seized during criminal investigations are going to make a positive contribution in areas where they are desperately needed."

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