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Counterfeit designer goods seized

Fake designer gear worth nearly 200,000 has been seized in Somerset, in the county's largest single haul of counterfeit goods.

Officers from Somerset County Council's trading standards service intercepted the items which were headed for France.

A local transport company had contacted the authority after becoming suspicious of a shipment from China it had picked up at Exeter Airport.

More than 1,200 items were seized, including underwear and sunglasses.

'Global problem'

Fakes of handbags by designers Burberry, Prada, Versace, Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Armani were also among the haul.

Andy Fowler from trading standards said: "A lot of consumers would think, what's the harm in buying some probably cheaper products from markets and so on, but it can have a real impact on local traders."

Councillor Henry Hobhouse said the seizure showed "the trade in counterfeits is a global problem".

"Anyone caught dealing in counterfeits in Somerset can expect to end up in court," he added.

The items will be donated to His Church Charity.


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