Fake goods seized in South Yorks raids

Counterfeit goods found in police operation in South Yorkshire
Counterfeit goods found in police operation in South Yorkshire
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A man has a jail term hanging over him after admitting his part in a counterfeit goods ring operating in South Yorkhire.

Ian Kevin Cleeton, aged 51, of Totley Brook Glen, Totley, received an eight month jail term suspended for a year after pleading guilty to Trade Marks Act offences.

He was also ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.

Cleeton was arrested in May 2010 following a joint operation involving the Rotherham Money Laundering Team from South Yorkshire Police, Rotherham Trading Standards Department and officers from Revenue and Customs.

Police had raided a warehouse on Sandbeck Way, Hellaby Industrial Estate, Rotherham, and found 28 pallets full of boxes containing counterfeit clothing and DVDs.

In a second warehouse in Shalesmoor, Sheffield, a further 150 boxes of counterfeit clothes were also found.

A second investigation is now under way under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Detective Sergeant Rob Platts, of Rotherham Money Laundering Team, said: “This is the largest seizure of its kind ever in Rotherham borough and one of the biggest seen in South Yorkshire.

“I would say to anyone out there who thinks they are getting a bargain when buying a cheap counterfeit garment: These items are poorly made from the cheapest of materials.

“You may think paying £10 for a fake branded shirt is good value, but considering the shirt is made from material that probably costs pence to make, in my opinion you are being well and truly ripped off.

“This type of crime may be seen by members of the public almost not to be criminal, however I can say this is organised criminality which has links to child abuse, illegal immigration and drugs to name a few.”