Crackdown on counterfeit market goods

Trading Standards is warning people not to buy counterfeit hair-straighteners.
Trading Standards is warning people not to buy counterfeit hair-straighteners.
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Coastal bargain hunters have been warned to beware of criminal gangs selling counterfeit goods at Eastgate Market in Ingoldmells.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards says dodgy smelling perfumes, unwatchable DVDs and lead poisoning, are just some of the things shoppers can expect if they buy fake goods at a market.

Principal Trading Standards officer Andy Wright said: “I know it looks as though you are getting a bargain when you buy a cheap product, but invariably what you get is substandard.

“DVDs are often unwatchable, clothing falls apart easily and electronic items can burst into flames - we have even known counterfeit make-up to contain high concentrations of lead.

“Throughout 2012, we have worked in partnership with Lincolnshire Police and local traders to crackdown on criminal gangs selling products at East gate.”

Mr Wright says that the crackdown on illegal traders, which will continue throughout 2013, and has already led to a number of successful prosecutions.

To report suspicious activity you can contact Trading Standard on 01522 782050.