Hundreds of fake sunglasses seized in St Ives
TRADING Standards officers swooped on St Ives this week seizing more than 400 counterfeit items from mobile traders on the harbour front.
Goods confiscated include fake sunglasses branded Dior, Dolce & Gabanna and Ray Ban and baseball caps branded OBEY.
Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards officers also seized wrist-bands bearing the names of surf brands such as Quiksilver and Ripcurl.
News of the crackdown will be welcomed by traders who pay high rates and rents in the shopping Mecca for surf, beach and other goods.
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Lucy Breakspear, Trading Standards Authorised Officer, said: “We have taken action following complaints from brand holders and authorised traders, whose business is being unfairly affected by the sale of counterfeits by a minority of traders in the town.
“We have seized over 400 items in total from four mobile stalls along the harbour-side area in St Ives, and are following up on a number of further enquiries in relation to them.
“Trading Standards are keen to support legitimate traders, many of whom are struggling in the current financial climate.
“It is not fair that some unscrupulous and unauthorised traders feel that they can cash in on the success of others.”
You can report fake goods to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer help-line on 08454 04 05 06.