Fake goods given out for charity in Darlington

Hundreds of thousands of pounds of stolen and counterfeit goods are being handed out to people in need in Darlington.

Trading standards officers and police seized the clothing, bags and jewellery, with a total value of £300,000, from traders last year.

All fake branding has been removed to ensure trademark laws are not breached.

The items will be distributed to charitable groups in the town, which will then pass them on.

Groups to benefit include the town's Salvation Army hostel and Darlington Women's Aid.

Richard Humphrey, from the organisation His Church, which is assisting with the distribution, said: "It's tremendous to see these products being taken from criminals and then used to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in Darlington."

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