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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 July 2007, 10:25 GMT 11:25 UK
Arrests in 3m fake clothing raid
Counterfeit goods
Four businesses were raided by officers
Thirteen people have been arrested over a haul of counterfeit designer clothing with a sale value estimated at 3m.

Raids took place at four businesses on Bury New Road and Jury Street in Manchester on Tuesday.

Fake clothes featuring brands including Adidas, Reebok, Timberland, Rockport, Nike and D&G were seized and taken away in two 40ft (12.1m) long containers.

All 13 people were arrested under the Fraud Act and taken to Collyhurst Police station for questioning.

Police and Trading Standards officials took part in the raids, alongside brand managers who were able to identitfy the fake labels.

Insp Dean Stott, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "I am pleased with the outcome of the operation and I hope it sends out a clear message to people selling counterfeit products that it is illegal and will not be tolerated.

"We will continue to work with Trading Standards and other partner agencies to ensure that we continue to stamp out this type of criminal activity in our communities."

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