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Massive haul of fake clothes uncovered in Oldbury raid
12:31pm Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News
FAKE clothes and shoes worth an estimated £2 million were seized by police and council trading standards officers during a raid on an industrial unit in Oldbury.
Two trucks were needed to take away the massive haul of counterfeit goods featuring brand names including Nike, Adidas, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Timberland, Superdry and Hackett.
Police were led to the Oldbury premises after finding the keys for the unit along with fake clothes and shoes stached in a van they stopped in West Bromwich.
Three men have been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.
The raid was made as part of Sandwell’s latest Safer 6 campaign with police and council working together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour across the borough.
Cabinet member for neighbourhood services Councillor Ian Jones said: "Fake goods are often sub-standard and they deprive lawful businesses and traders of income.
"This is a massive haul of fake clothes that we have managed to take out of the market and builds on previous years' successes around counterfeit goods."
Bob Charnley, trading standards manager, said it was a major haul and such illegal operations would not be tolerated.