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Poole man charged over sale of fake car airbags

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Image caption City of London police officers launched an investigation after hundreds of counterfeit Honda airbags were sold online

A man has been charged with selling fake car airbags, a year after a major police operation first started.

Robert Czernik, 35, of Blackbird Close, Poole is accused of selling goods likely to be mistaken for a registered trademark.

City of London Police detectives started investigating in January 2016 after 680 purchases were made from a UK-based eBay account.

Mr Czernik will appear at City of London Magistrates Court on 16 March.

The investigation was launched by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) after a referral from Honda Motor Europe, which noticed counterfeit airbags were being sold on eBay.

A man was arrested in February last year and a property in Blackbird Close, Poole was searched, where fake airbags for several car models were uncovered.

Detectives have since contacted the eBay buyers and urged them to ensure their airbags are safe.

Image caption Officers said they found 100 suspected counterfeit airbags in a raid at an address in Poole last year

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