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Tonnes of suspected counterfeit clothes and electronic devices seized in Southall

17 April 2021

Met officers have seized £2.5 million worth of suspected counterfeit clothes and electronic devices after they opened up 22 shipping containers in Ealing. Following information received by Trading Standards of counterfeit goods being stored at an address in Enterprise Way in Southall, warrants were executed on the morning of Thursday, 15 April

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Do Consumers Care About Price or Product Safety?

23 March 2021

When a new product is launched, brands take product safety very seriously and invest a lot of time and money to ensure it is safe and won't cause harm. Without doubt, consumers look for safety in products to ensure their wellbeing. Whether it is a baby carrier to cradle and protect a young child, or an airbag to provide a soft cushion and restraint for those inside a car in the event of a crash.

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The Interview: Anti-Counterfeiting Group Director General, Phil Lewis

08 March 2021

From tearing apart families to crippling friendships, jobs, education and people’s mental health, the harmful toll of the Covid-19 virus on lives and livelihoods cannot be overstated. And yet, despite the hardships, counterfeit criminal gangs are seeking to capitalise on the challenging situation; exploiting the changing needs and habits of locked-down shoppers and diverting vital funds away from legitimate businesses at a time they need it most.

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Bovingdon Market Raid

12 October 2020

On Saturday 3 October, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) and brand representatives along with Hertfordshire Trading Standards, National Markets Group for IP Protection (NMG) and Hertfordshire Constabulary raided Bovingdon market, known for intellectual property infringement.

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Counterfeit goods seized in trading standards sting at Whitechapel Market

23 December 2019

More than 400 fake goods have been seized from market stalls in Whitechapel in a Trading Standards sting targeting rogue traders trying to fleece Christmas shoppers.

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Nearly £3 million fake designer-label goods seized by Border Force officials in the run-up to Christmas

22 December 2019

Counterfeit Gucci scarves and fake Nike trainers are among more than 10,000 items confiscated in a crackdown on organised crime gangs trying to exploit the UK market.

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Gucci, Burberry, Nike and Apple among counterfeit goods seized before Christmas

22 December 2019

That haul - at a Revenue and Customs pre-clearance centre - was worth at least £840,000.

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Beware, that counterfeit Christmas gift could be funding modern slavery

20 December 2019

Buying counterfeit Christmas gifts has much wider implications than many imagine. Eighty-three per cent of all fakes come from South East Asia and are the result of workers, including children, held in some of the world’s worst sweatshop factories.

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Shoppers warned about dangerous counterfeit goods

10 December 2019

Budgets are stretched and stores are selling out, so some shoppers might be tempted to look at cheaper versions available online or in the high street. But this is also where counterfeit traders are taking advantage and cashing in.

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Havering's Trading Standards officers urge residents to be safe when buying gifts this Christmas

10 December 2019

The council warns that purchasing fake goods, even unwittingly, means you could be supporting criminal activity.

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About ACG

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.

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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.

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