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Police apology over 'wrong value'
A selection of the bags which were seized by police
A selection of the bags which were seized by police
Police have apologised after they wrongly said that seized counterfeit goods in County Down were valued at 500,000 instead of 70,000.

A police spokesman said there had been an error and they would not be making any further comment on the issue.

The goods, including fake Christian Dior and Jimmy Choo handbags, Prada and Gucci purses, were recovered during a house search in Bangor on Tuesday.

A man and a woman held during the search have been released.

Police said the items were to be sold on the internet and have warned the public not to buy goods in suspicious circumstances in the run-up to the festive season.

Chief Inspector Ian McCoy said the find was a "timely reminder to everyone".

'Reputable'

"Shopping on the internet for your Christmas presents is a fast and easy way to do things, but criminals are trying to use this to their advantage," he he said.

"You must ensure that the website you are buying from is a reputable site and never give your personal or banking details to a site that you have never heard of or you are unsure of."

Mr McCoy said genuine Dior handbags, sold with a certificate of authenticity, would "normally sell for close to 1,000 each".

"Essentially, they are just copies with fake certificates," he said.

Police want anyone who has been offered counterfeit goods to contact them.

  • Meanwhile, police in Newry have seized counterfeit DVDs and computer games which they put at 97,000.

    Officers raided a house in the Lisgullion area on Wednesday. A man was arrested but later released.

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