Fake goods at Sunday market

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TWO Sheffield men have been arrested in connection with the seizure of fake goods worth thousands of pounds.

The men, aged 26 and 36, were quizzed by police after Trading Standards officers carried out an anti-counterfeiting operation at Thoresby Market, near Ollerton, north Nottinghamshire.

More than 3,400 items including CDs, MP3 players, computer games and computer software were confiscated, including copies of the Wii Zumba game and Adobe Photoshop CS5 software being sold at a fraction of their retail value.

Many had poor quality, photocopied packaging with no printing on discs, other than descriptions written in black marker pen.

The music, games and software were a combination of illegal downloads and copies.

The men arrested over the fake goods have been bailed by police pending enquiries.

Coun Mick Murphy, cabinet member for community safety, said: “Counterfeit and copied goods are bad for legitimate businesses, bad for consumers and bad for the economy.

“This was a well-coordinated operation between trading standards officers, assisted by police, and is part of a co-ordinated campaign against the sale of a wide range of counterfeit goods in the county.

“This is not the first time we have targeted operations at markets.

“This latest action should send out a clear message to all those trading counterfeit goods that we will catch you and you risk not just losing all your stock, but assets such as your house, your car and possibly your liberty.”