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30 April 2013, 10:45
Thousands of pounds worth of fake designer clothes have been seized by police after a raid on a house in Sunderland.
Officers from the Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team, executed a warrant at an address on Tilbury Road.
A large quantity of counterfeit clothing was discovered, as well as trainers, watches and bags which could have fetched in excess of £3,000 if sold.
Investigations into the find are continuing.
Colin Stephenson, Acting Inspector for the area, said:
"As a result of information received, we carried out a search warrant at the address where the goods were found.
While they have the appearance of being genuine, they are of very poor quality. The seizure means we have stopped people wasting their money and being duped into buying them.
We are working with Trading Standards as our investigations continue.
I'd urge the public to continue providing us with information on suspicious activity or behaviour that's concerning them in their neighbourhood so that we can take positive action."
Portfolio Holder for City Services, Councillor James Blackburn added:
"Working together we can target criminal activity such as the manufacture and sale of counterfeit goods and clothing within our city.
Our Trading Standards team are a vital part of that process, gathering information from people about where problems may exist and then working with the police to do something about them."
People can contact police on 101, extension 69191.
BELOW: Items seized in the raid on a house in Sunderland