Keep it real or lose out this Christmas

Scot Mackenzie

Family’s urgent plea to find missing loved one

Have your say

THE temptation to buy cheap goods this Christmas could be dangerous, according to a warning issued by Hampshire County Council.

The authority is warning consumers that buying fake goods from car boot sales and internet sites could lead to injury and even death.

Amongst other products, they warn that counterfeit vodka and whisky both contain a high level of methanol, which can cause blindness and that cosmetic products can burn skin.

Trading Standards officers in Hampshire seize thousands of fake electrical items, jewellery, cosmetics and entertainment products, which costs the UK businesses £11bn every year in lost revenue.

Any trader found selling fake goods can be arrested and have any money confiscated.

Contact Hampshire County Council Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice helpline on 08454 040506 to report any sellers.