17 December 2018
The raid activity at ACG continues into the second week of December with a range of different raid actions around the country.
The week started on Saturday 8 December when ACG brand members joined Westminster Trading Standards for a day of action against three retail shops in Queensway, London. Over 1,500 counterfeit items were seized including; clothing, mobile phone accessories and potentially dangerous electrical products.
A few days later, ACG brand members joined a multi-agency raid action working alongside officers from; Manchester Trading Standards, Manchester Council, Immigration Service, HMRC and Greater Manchester Police. The target location was an eight-shop complex which was housed in a large commercial premises on Great Ducie Street in Cheetham Hill, Manchester. The goods seized filled two 40 foot containers and represented a worth of around £2.5 million. The brands affected included; Chanel, Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Ted Baker, Mulberry, Michael Kors, Mulberry, Rolex, North Face, Hugo Boss, Armani and Nike.
The week ended with a raid at Bescot Market in Walsall, West Midlands. ACG brand members, Walsall Trading Standards and the police not only managed to take away tens of thousands of pounds' worth of counterfeits from the market, but also an unexpected stash of the class B drug, cannabis.
ACG would like to thank all the brand members and enforcement agencies involved in this weeks’ activities and we look forward to working with them again soon (next week perhaps?!).
ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.
Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.