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UK Border Agency seizes £750,000 worth of counterfeit fashion

Following a month long operation, UK Border Agency officials have seized nearly a million pounds worth of fake fashion goods at Stansted Airport, according to reports today.

As many as 15,000 counterfeit items from labels including Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, and Fred Perry were confiscated as part of the raid.

The goods are said to have been flown in to the UK from Turkey as part of a freight shipment.

Sarah Wolstenholme, the UK Border Agency’s assistant director at Stanstead Airport, worked on the raid. She took the opportunity to address preconceptions about the counterfeit goods market, telling local newspaper reporters: “Make no mistake, the manufacture and sale of counterfeit goods is not a victimless crime. The profit that smugglers make from these items is often recycled into other more serious forms of criminality,” she said.

Those with suspicions, or evidence, of counterfeit smuggling have been encouraged to contact the Border Agency by calling:0800 595 000.

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