Trading Standards officers in Swindon have recovered suspected fake goods with an estimated High Street value of over £30,000.
A joint operation with Wiltshire Police resulted in a 45-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman being arrested on suspicion of committing offences under the Trade Marks Act and Proceeds of Crime Act. They were subsequently released on police bail.
It followed a recent dawn raid on a residential address in Redhouse, North Swindon where more than 900 items of mixed-brand goods suspected of being counterfeit were discovered at the property.
The items discovered included Hollister polo shirts, Adidas tracksuits, Jack Wills sweatshirts, ICE Watches, UGG boots, Cath Kidston bags and Ralph Lauren hoodies together with trendy Beats by Dr Dre headphones, which usually retail for between £90 and £450 each.
Cllr Richard Hurley, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Housing and StreetSmart (Delivery), said: “It is a top priority for us to encourage and support the economic growth of businesses in Swindon and to promote a vibrant and successful town centre.
“Local Swindon retailers suffer as a result of counterfeiters because some people are tempted to spend their money on a cheap, inferior fake product rather than buying the real thing. Make no mistake, counterfeit goods cost jobs.
“Working with colleagues at the Police we will continue to do all we can to combat counterfeit activity in Swindon and encourage good traders to thrive as this all helps to make our borough a better and more prosperous place to do business.”