Twelve held during counterfeit raids in Birmingham

  • 1 December 2013
  • From the section England
Media captionTwelve people have been arrested in Birmingham during Trading Standards raids on counterfeit goods.

Twelve people have been arrested during raids in Birmingham to tackle the sale of counterfeit goods.

Trading Standards officers and police searched storage units in the Tyseley area on Sunday in one of the team's largest operations this year.

Officers from Solihull, Coventry, Sandwell, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Wolverhampton were involved.

Similar raids last year recovered counterfeit goods with a retail value of £15m, Trading Standards said.

In Sunday's operation, officers found fake Addidas items as well as Ugg Boots, make-up and clothing.

The goods were destined for car boot sales and markets and would have been sold at about a third of the price of originals, he added.

The raids, led by Staffordshire Trading Standards officers, had been planned for nearly a year.

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