27/08/2002

Police seize counterfeit goods at Oul Lammas Fair

Police have seized around £200,000 of counterfeit goods in a two-day operation designed to thwart the sale of fake goods at the Oul Lammas Fair in Ballycastle.

The seizure made on Monday at the annual fair in Ballycastle was part of an operation conducted in conjunction with a number of trade bodies. During the operation goods including CDs, DVDs, videos, clothing and computer games and other goods worth an estimated £75,000 were taken from street trading stalls at the fair.

On Sunday police seized similar counterfeit goods with an estimated retail value of around £130,000 at ferry ports in Larne and Belfast. It is believed that many of these counterfeit items may have been destined for the fair.

Police say that the operation, which involved the organised crime task force, was mounted due to a series of complaints from legitimate traders and the public about goods sold at previous fairs.

Police say that they are examining the counterfeit goods and that investigations are continuing.

(SP)

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