Trading standards warn over fake goods

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TRADING Standards officers are warning people about fake Olympic merchandise.

It comes after counterfeit goods have been seized in West Sussex.

While counterfeit Olympic merchandise has been seized at the UK borders by HM Customs, this was the first time it has been found on sale in West Sussex.

Officers came across the counterfeit phone covers being offered for sale in Horsham while investigating the supply of counterfeit Monopoly board games.

Councillor Christine Field, in charge of public protection at West Sussex County Council, said: ‘With the Olympic Torch Relay due to pass through West Sussex and the start of the London 2012 Games imminent, it was anticipated that some traders may try to illegally cash in on the Olympic brand, putting legitimate business at economic risk.

‘The supply of counterfeit goods has a detrimental effect on the legitimate local economy and is therefore actively targeted by Trading Standards officers.’