Trading Standards swoops on counterfeit criminals

Counterfeiters assets taken by Powys County Council

Hertfordshire Trading Standards, supported by FACT, has carried out further raids as a result of the major operation against counterfeiting at Bovingdon Market in April this year.

On Wednesday 25 July, raids took place at three addresses in Luton and Dunstable which were linked to the sale of counterfeit goods at Bovingdon Market. As well as a large quantity of counterfeit CDs and DVDs, handbags, sunglasses and cosmetics all appearing to be from well-known brands were also found.

Kieron Sharp, FACT Director General, said: “FACT continues to support the work of Hertfordshire Trading Standards in tackling the major problem of counterfeit and stolen goods being sold at markets and car boot fairs. Criminals operating at markets are not only harming those wishing to trade legally but are also threatening the jobs of many others whose skills create the films and TV programmes we all love.

“FACT supports the Real Deal kitemark that allows consumers to know that a market is free from stolen and counterfeit goods so they can shop safely.”

Click here for more

Categories

Latest News

News

Thousands of subscribers to illegal streaming service warned by police

Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary have taken the unprecedented step of issuing individual warning notices to thousands of consumers believed to have been using an illegal TV streaming service. The warning, which was issued by Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary Cyber, Intelligence and Serious Organised Crime Directorate, has been issued to subscribers of a service called GE … Continued

News

Two-year prison sentence for man convicted of selling illegal streaming devices

A man who pleaded guilty to supplying set-top-boxes which illegally provided access to premium pay TV content has been jailed for two years, in the latest in a series of actions designed to crackdown on illegal streaming. Paul Jaques, of West Yorkshire, sold around 2,500 of the illegal devices, with accompanying illicit subscriptions. Between 2015 … Continued

News

FACT warning ahead of the return of pay per view boxing

Pay per view boxing returns on 22 August, with Dillian Whyte facing Alexander Povetkin & Katie Taylor rematching Delfine Persoon. Boxing fans are being warned that the game is up when it comes to illegal streaming. More and more effective action is being taken to shut down illegal streams, and enforcement and legal action is … Continued

News

FACT action stops seventeen infringing services

Action taken by FACT investigators as a result of a nationwide crackdown on digital piracy has resulted in the halt of seventeen separate services providing illicit content. Individuals that were providing loaded Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs) and illegal streams via websites and social media pages including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have stopped operations after investigators … Continued