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Fake label boots benefit orphans
Connie Tindale with counterfeit boots
Charity worker Connie Tindale said boots will help orphaned children
Children in Africa will benefit from a crackdown that led to scores of pairs of football boots being seized.

Suffolk Trading Standards found 150 pairs of the boots in a raid at Felixstowe, and prosecuted a trader.

The charity Little Stars will distribute the counterfeit Adidas footwear to orphaned or abandoned children in Luxor, Egypt.

Trading Standards said the donation was a good way to dispose of the boots, which would have been destroyed.

Joanna Spicer, councillor for public protection, said: "We have a duty to dispose of fake goods in a responsible, legal and environmentally sound way and I am delighted that we have found a good home for these football boots.

"Who knows, the gift of these boots may just be the chance for these children to pursue their footballing dream and follow in the footsteps of the Africa Cup-winning Egyptian team."

Connie Tindale, from Little Stars, said: "Many of the youths these boots will be given to do not even have proper shoes so the boots will be prized possessions.

"Egypt Air has agreed to waive their freight charges in taking the boots to Luxor and we cannot thank them or Suffolk Trading Standards enough for their generosity."

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