North West Wales

Fake designer goods worth thousands donated to Zambia

John Eden Jones from Gwynedd Council's Trading Standards Service handing over the counterfeit clothing to David Scott from the National Police Aid Convoy charity Image copyright Gwynedd Council
Image caption Gwynedd council hands over the counterfeit clothing to the National Police Aid Convoy charity

A haul of fake designer clothing and bedding worth thousands of pounds and seized by Gwynedd trading standards officers has been donated to deprived communities in Zambia.

The donation includes fake Adidas tracksuits, Converse shoes, Ralph Lauren shirts and Rayban sunglasses.

The National Police Aid Convoy will distribute the goods, which have been collected over eight years.

Illegally branded goods cannot be distributed in the UK.

John Eden Jones, fair trading officer for Gwynedd council, said: "It is generally very difficult to obtain any form of redress against the seller of counterfeit goods.

"The trade in these illegal goods deprives Gwynedd businesses who sell the genuine article of the income needed to maintain their business.

"We are very pleased one of the world's most deprived countries will benefit from our investigations."

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