Following a crackdown by trading standards officers, Merthyr Tydfil people are being warned this Christmas to be wary of buying counterfeit goods that could be dangerous.
In a recent serious of raids on private houses and retail premises, the County Borough Council’s Trading Standards team seized more than 220 products including the latest must-have toys, designer make-up, clothing and handbags and counterfeit premier league football shirts.
“We’re concerned with the increase in counterfeit toys being offered for sale,” said Trading Standards Manager Paul Lewis. “There are strict toy safety regulations in place, and consumers buying counterfeit goods are not assured that they meet these standards.”
Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection Cllr Geraint Thomas said: “A key part of our strategy in developing economic growth for Merthyr Tydfil is the protection of legitimate local businesses.
“Any coming into the county borough and employing residents from our community can rest assured that we’ll continue to endeavour to protect them from unfair competition, providing them with a level playing field from which to trade.”
South Wales Police assisted Trading Standards during the operations and Inspector Kath Jones from SWP’s Community Safety Team said: “The seizure of counterfeit goods has potentially prevented unsafe toys being placed in the hands of our children this Christmas.
“This successful operation has shown how joint working can really impact on our ongoing commitment to reducing this type of crime in our local communities.”
If you have information on the supply of counterfeit goods, please contact Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.