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Multi-agency raids net thousands of counterfeit goods

26 September 2017

The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) working in collaboration with Camden Trading Standards have coordinated an intensive two day action targeting market stalls and retail shops selling counterfeit goods to Camden shoppers.

On Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August 2017, as part of a long term strategy to rid the tourist hot spot of counterfeit goods, Trading Standards officers were joined by ACG and 20 of its members on pre-planned raid actions at Buck Street market and several High Street shops.

The action resulted in the seizure of thousands of counterfeit and suspected unsafe products bearing the names of well known high street brands.

The profits of such activity are often used to fund other types of crime such as drug trafficking, money laundering and in extreme cases terrorism.

The ACG regularly works with Trading Standards and other law enforcement and government agencies to combat this criminal activity and through its intelligence coordinator shares information on active counterfeiters leading to raids and other enforcement actions

Alison Statham, Director General of the ACG said ''An intelligence led partnership approach is the only way to tackle the increasing threat from the sale of counterfeit goods. Criminals involved in the sale of these products have little care for the shoppers and legitimate businesses who are affected by this activity. We are very grateful to Camden TS for their continued support and dedication in working with ACG and our members to reduce the impact of counterfeiting in the area''

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