Police on foot patrol in Derry’s city centre have seized £20,000 worth of counterfeit goods over the past month, it’s been revealed.
The seizures have been described as a substantial quantity by officers investigating the haul which includes imitations of well known clothing brands,
Police seized a large quantity of fake designer clothes from one market stall at the City Walls. A spokesperson said that following examination, it has been confirmed the goods are counterfeit and have been valued at approximately £20,000. The haul included items such as fake Ralph Lauren trainers, Hollister tops, Abercrombie Fitch and Superdry T-shirts. A vehicle was also seized.
Inspector Jon Burrows said, “These goods appear genuine but in reality customers are buying cheap imitations.”
“These fake goods make quick profits for criminals but end up causing damage to local legitimate businesses who are working hard to keep their shops open and give people jobs. Fake items may appear attractive but profits from them find their way into organised crime gangs involved in drugs supply, human trafficking and terrorism.”
“Police are committed to creating an environment in Northern Ireland which supports legitimate traders and brings the full force of the law to bear on those criminals dealing in counterfeit goods.”
Anyone with information regarding the making or distributing of counterfeit goods is asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymous on 0800 555 111.