Officers from Lincolnshire Trading Standards have seized thousands of counterfeit DVDs from a trader at Eastgate Market in Ingoldmells.
The operation took place earlier in the week following a tip-off.
Ingoldmells Neighbourhood Policing Team and the market’s management team worked together to remove the goods.
Among the haul of DVDs were Ted 2 and The Force Awakens, which were being sold from a stall on the market and a store in the market grounds.
Ian Newell, business and public protection manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “There are many reasons why we are continuing to work with the market management and the local neighbourhood policing team to tackle counterfeit goods sellers, from the risks to human safety to funding organised crime and the impact on genuine businesses and the wider economy.”
Superintendent Mark Housley, public officer county protection at Lincolnshire Police, said: “It’s important that people understand the link between buying fake, counterfeit or pirated goods and the underground activities of criminal gangs. What seems like a good deal might well be helping to fund the next shipment of drugs being smuggled into the UK or a new batch of guns onto our streets.
“Change your shopping habits today and buy from reputable outlets. By doing this, you can reduce the amount of money being channelled into illegal activities.”
Graham Mogg, chair of the National Market Group, said: “The large scale availability of counterfeit goods at markets, as evidenced in this action, seriously undermines legitimate businesses and in turn impacts on the UK’s ability to grow the economy through creativity and innovation.
“A multi-agency collaborative approach is the only way that we can effectively undermine this criminal activity and to that end we are extremely grateful for the time, effort and professional approach by Lincolnshire Trading Standards to tackle this problem at Eastgate Market.”
Ian added: “We continue to work with the Police and other agencies to stop the sale of illegal goods, including counterfeits at markets, as well as fake cigarettes and tobacco being sold in newsagents, homes and clubs across the county.”
Investigations are continuing.
If you have any suspicions or concerns about illegal or counterfeit items being sold in your community we would urge you to get in touch. Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.