5th January 2023

Sutton TS seizes £53k of counterfeits

Officers from the London Borough of Sutton seized fake goods, including vapes and toys, in the week before Christmas.


By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team
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We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the van-loads of so-called genuine merchandise the Trading Standards team found, worth £53,000 across Sutton and Kingston

Cuddly toys, vapes, electric heaters and mobile phone covers with a combined value of £52,665 were among the counterfeit items seized by Sutton Council Trading Standards Officers before Christmas.

Officers confiscated 510 unsafe soft toys and 2,024 illegal vapes, as well as more than 60 accessories worth a total of £26,940 from shops across the London Borough of Sutton.

In another series of raids in Kingston even more counterfeit goods were discovered, including 2,534 illegal vapes, 77 nicotine wraps, 35 kilos of shisha and 12 heaters – all worth an estimated additional £25,725.

Councillor David Bartolucci, Chair of the  London Borough of Sutton Housing, Economy and Business Committee, said: “Counterfeiting short changes customers. I am pleased to see these remarkable raids were successful after sellers tried to cheat people out of their money.

“We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the van-loads of so-called genuine merchandise the Trading Standards team found, worth £53,000 across Sutton and Kingston.

“Thanks to Sutton’s actions, residents won’t be wasting hard-earned money during the cost of living crisis ahead of Christmas only to find their items are fake or dangerous.”

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