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Fake clothes donated to charity

Peter Denard and Lewis Wilson with the fake clothes
The goods will have branding removed and be sent to Eastern Europe

Fake designer clothes and trainers with a market value of more than 80,000 which were confiscated in Surrey have been donated to charity.

The goods were seized from market stalls by officers from Surrey County Council's Trading Standards service.

Now the garments and shoes have been given to the International Aid Trust.

The fake brand names will be removed from the goods and they will then be distributed to countries such as Belarus, Romania and Ukraine.

'Enthusiastically received'

Peter Denard, trading standards manager, said: "I am delighted that these counterfeit goods can be used by those in need rather than having to be destroyed.

"We will not tolerate the sale of counterfeit goods in Surrey and will continue to seize goods and prosecute traders."

Lewis Wilson from the International Aid Trust said: "We work with children and adults in Eastern Europe and these items will be enthusiastically received."

The clothes and shoes were seized from Kempton market, although the council said seizures have also taken place at Epsom Derby Market, Cranleigh Market and car boot sales.

Other goods confiscated include fake designer handbags, counterfeit toys and pirate DVDs, CDs and computer software.




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