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Counterfeit goods sent to Liberia
Counterfeit goods seized by trading standards have been sent to remote villages and orphanages in Liberia.

A partnership between Northamptonshire County Council and His Church Charity has led to the goods being distributed among thousands of poor people.

The clothes, computers, DVDs and CDs which are also being sent would otherwise have been destroyed.

Gold Child Orphanage near Liberia's capital Monrovia and Bendou, a village in Grand Cape Mount, will benefit.

The items had been seized from computer fairs, car boot sales, markets and through police warrants.

Trademarks such as Chanel, Timberland, French Connection and Nike were removed and replaced with His Church Charity labels and the computers had their memories wiped.

Richard Humphrey, His Church Charity Coordinator, said: "Not only does this improve and protect the environment by recycling, but also the goods that would be thrown away bring such hope and joy to the underprivileged children which is priceless."



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