Raid discovers thousands of ‘fake’ trainers

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MORE than £300,000 worth of fake trainers and sportswear smuggled into the UK have been seized from an address in Sheffield.

Officials raided the property and found thousands of pairs of counterfeit Nike trainers and other brands, which had been made in China.

The items had been tracked to the premises in a joint operation involving border authorities, South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield Council’s trading standards unit.

Two arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.

Sheffield Council said the fake trainers are believed to originate from China and brought into the UK for a ‘sophisticated distribution ring around the country’.

Graham Wragg, South Yorkshire Police economic crime unit manager, said: “The success of this operation sends a message out to rogue traders here and elsewhere that we are able to take action against this type of illegal activity.”

Chloe Long, brand protection manager for Nike UK, added: “We very much appreciate the fine work of Sheffield Trading Standards and South Yorkshire Police in this case.”