Three arrested as counterfeit clothing and films seized

Three people have been arrested in Derry on suspicion of offences related to the sale of counterfeit clothing, music and films.

Thursday, 16th June 2016, 8:52 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:34 pm

Two men, aged 30 and 32, and a woman aged 42, were arrested yesterday.

During the operation, Detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch, assisted by local police, searched three houses and a mobile shop in the cityside area of Derry.
During the searches they seized a quantity of counterfeit clothing, music, films and documentation as well as approximately £2,500 cash.

The 32-year-old male has since been interviewed and released on bail pending completion of further enquiries.

The other two arrested individuals are currently being interviewed at Strand Road PSNI Station.

Detective Inspector Tom McClure, from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch said: “The counterfeit market damages our local economy and diverts much needed finance away from small and local businesses.

“There are also instances where the counterfeit market is used to fund organised crime and terrorism.

We would ask the public to support us as we work to address this criminality and would encourage anyone who has information to contact us on 101.”