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Saturday 28 January 2012

Cheshire East vows to combat counterfeit trading


Rogue traders who use car boot sales to sell their shoddy wares are being targeted by Cheshire East Council as it looks to stamp out trading in counterfeit goods.

The action comes after two arrests were made at a car boot sale, near High Legh, earlier this month.

Now, the Council’s consumer protection and investigations team is warning people who think they can exploit the area’s legitimate trading events to sell counterfeit goods that it will not be tolerated.

Cheshire East Council and Cheshire police work together to combat such crime.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities, said: “The Council’s consumer protection and investigations team monitors all car boot sales held in Cheshire East. The vast majority of traders are law abiding but if any goods are found to be counterfeit, this Council will consider enforcement action.

“Many people may not be aware what they are buying at a car boot sale is counterfeit and could actually be harmful to health – especially alcohol, which may be contaminated with harmful substances.

“Members of the public may think they are getting a good deal buying a cheaper version of a particular product but these may not have gone through the proper, rigorous safety checks that protect the public.

“Cheshire East Council is determined to protect members of the public from harmful and counterfeit products by targeting unscrupulous traders wherever they operate.”

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