COUNTERFEIT CLOTHES: Over 1000 items of fake designer clothes seized in Wallsend
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More than 1,000 items of fake designer clothes have been seized by officers during an early morning raid in Wallsend.
A large bag of drugs was also discovered after being thrown at officers. Following intelligence that counterfeit clothing was being sold at an address on Bodmin Close, residents at the property were treated to an abrupt awakening on Sunday morning when officers arrived shortly before 7am.
After announcing their presence and warrant to search the address, bemused cops stationed quietly at the back of the premises got a shock when a large bag containing cannabis was hurled out the window and landed at their feet. Upon entering the premises, a huge haul of fake designer goods was also uncovered.
Among the items seized were clothes bearing fake Stone Island and Hugo Boss labels. All the items were seized and Trading Standards have been contacted. Meanwhile, two men, aged 41 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of supplying cannabis.
Inspector Mark Bousted, of Northumbria Police’s Northern Response Team, said: "This is the third warrant my team has executed in the past two weeks, showing we are committed to protecting the community from all types of criminality. “Some people may think the selling of counterfeit goods is a victimless crime, but quite often these goods are a product of organised crime. Groups can often supply them into the region with the purpose of making money, which enables them to then continue to fund illicit activities.”
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