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07/11/2006

Counterfeit goods seized in south Belfast

Police in south Belfast have seized a substantial quantity of suspected counterfeit goods.

The items, which included fireworks, DVDs, a wide range of clothing and footwear, were seized during a planned search operation in the King Street area, involving local uniformed officers and officers from the Intellectual Property Crime Unit supported by a representative from FACT - Federation Against Copyright Theft.

Three men were arrested.

Inspector Robert Murdie from south Belfast PSNI, today said that the seizure shows that police will not put up with this type of activity, and will be pursuing anyone suspected of being involved in selling counterfeit goods.

He said: “Many counterfeit goods are of poor quality which do not perform or last as long as is expected and coming up to Christmas that is only going to bring disappointment.

“People should also bear in mind that there is no chance of a refund.

“The sale of counterfeit goods is not only damaging to the business of the legitimate manufacturer of the goods, but damages local legitimate businesses selling the products.”

Anyone with any information in connection with today's seizure should contact police on 0845 600 8000, or anonymously on the Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.

(EF)

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