Cumbria counterfeit goods amnesty set up

Trading standards officers in Cumbria have started a crackdown on counterfeit goods.

Over the next three months anyone with quantities of counterfeit goods, such as DVDs, cigarettes and alcohol, can hand them in without being prosecuted.

Trading standards said some fake goods could be dangerous and the trade could be linked to organised crime and drugs and was damaging legitimate traders.

People will be able to hand goods in to trading standards offices or libraries.

Trading standards officer Eamonn Quinn said: "There is a darker side to counterfeiting - fake goods can be dangerous and there is evidence that counterfeiting can be linked to organised crime and drugs."

Some of the items handed in will be donated to charity.

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