Police join other services to crack down on fake goods sales

Trading Standards officers from the Kingston and Sutton Shared Environment Service and
​ ​officers from Sutton Safer Parks team carried out a series of visits to premises in Sutton High Street following concerns from residents about shops selling fake goods.
The operation targeted several new arrivals to the High Street and mobile phone accessory shops with a number items being seized or ordered to be removed from sale.
​As Christmas approaches, this work provides a timely reminder to businesses not to sell fake or unsafe goods​. ​
​ ​Residents are advised to be cautious when buying items which appear too good to be true. The likelihood is they are either counterfeit or potentially unsafe.
​Lead ​Councillor ​ for Trading Standards Nick​ ​Emmerson said:
“This operation highlights the problems from certain retailers in the High Street. The council would always advise residents to shop wisely when looking for electronic goods. The sale of counterfeit goods not only harms the purchaser, but also the owners of the trademarks and the reputable traders in the High Street”
​Safer Neighbourhoods ​Inspector ​ Ian Hicks said​: “​ ​Selling counterf​eit goods is a crime.  Illegitimate products can be unsafe and this sort of crime often has far reaching impacts that are not visible to the purchaser or the retailer.
Through this operation, and working together with Sutton Council, we send a clear message that no crime will be tolerated in Sutton.  We value the responsible retailers in Sutton Town Centre and understand their importance in helping us keep Sutton safe.”


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