Felixstowe: Miilions of Pounds of Fake Goods Seized

3 December 2012, 06:00

Border Force officers have stopped millions of pounds of counterfeit goods from coming into Felixstowe Port.

In the run up to Christmas officers at the port have found £5 million worth of fake handbags, shoes, food and toiletries.

They include counterfeit Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani, Lacoste and UGG brands.

Trading Standards are warning us to be wary of buying presents that seem to cheap to be true.  They're concerned about the quality of some of the products.  Fake branded car seats and phone chargers have been found to be unsafe to use.  Some of the counterfeit toiletries have unknown ingredients and could cause allergies and skin conditions to flare up.

Kevin Sayer from Border Force at the Port of Felixstowe said: "We are uncovering all sorts of fake goods, from beauty products to children's toys, and we're warning people to be particularly wary of buying cheap items online or from unofficial traders.  It's easy to be tricked into thinking you're getting a bargain, but in the run up to Christmas our message is that if something appears too good to be true it probably is."

Fake Molton Brown

Heart's Hannah Griffiths speaks to Kevin Sayer from Border Force at the port Felixstowe:

Fake Goods - Kevin Sayer Border Force

Mike Roylance from Adidas' brand protection team talks to Heart's Hannah Griffiths:

Fake Goods - Mike Roylance from Adidas

Mary Strang from Trading Standards in Suffolk speaks to Heart reporter Hannah Griffiths:

Fake Goods - Mary Strang Trading Standards in Suffolk