14/07/2017 Stockton

Thousands of Pounds Worth of Suspected Counterfeit Clothing Recovered

Police and Trading Standards recovered around £5,000 worth of suspected counterfeit clothing after a vehicle was stopped on the A19 near Crathorne.

The vehicle was stopped at around 2.20pm on Wednesday 12th July, and suspected counterfeit clothing including T-shirts, trainers and tracksuits were recovered.

Trading Standards will now carry out further enquiries with the items being examined by the relevant brand holders and a male driver and passenger from the Stockton area will be spoken to.

Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety, said: “Clearly, dealing in counterfeit goods is against the law and our Trading Standards team work hard in partnership with Cleveland Police to stop the potential sale of anything that is not the genuine article.

“Counterfeit goods rip off the public and damage the reputation of legitimate organisations so I would ask anyone with similar information in the future to report suspected counterfeit goods to the Council’s Trading Standards team on 01642 526560.”

Detective Constable Tony Snow, from Cleveland Police, said: “This is another good example of partnership working with agencies in Cleveland. Once a search of the vehicle had been conducted and the suspected counterfeit clothing had been recovered, the investigation was passed over to our colleagues from Trading Standards who will now carry out further enquiries.”