Counterfeit goods are seized at car boot raid

TRADING standards officers have seized counterfeit goods worth thousands of pounds in a car boot sale raid.

Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers, backed by officers from Derbyshire Police, visited the Twin Oaks car boot on Saturday and seized goods worth more than £80,000.

Pornography DVDs, other DVDs, CDs and MP3 disks as well as perfume, clothing and cigarettes were seized in the raid at Twin Oaks, which is off junction 29 of the M1, near Palterton, and police impounded a van and a car belonging to traders.

In total, five traders were questioned and investigations are ongoing by police and trading standards officers.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration Councillor Kevin Parkinson said: “I hope this raid will serve as a warning to anyone involved in the sale of counterfeit goods that we will not tolerate it.

“We thank the police for their support in this operation and hope that this will send out a strong message to traders willing to break the law that we will find them out,” he added.

An authority spokesman said county council trading standards officers carry out regular operations at car boot sales across the county to track down traders selling counterfeit goods and have made a number of successful prosecutions.