Crackdown on fake goods at markets

Counc Ken Knight pictured with some market traders Jacinta Shaw and Jayne Calders at the Idlewells market in Sutton signing the new Real Deal charter aLSO PICTURED ARE Victoria Riose Trading stansards far left Counc Mick Murphy and Counc John Wilmott
Counc Ken Knight pictured with some market traders Jacinta Shaw and Jayne Calders at the Idlewells market in Sutton signing the new Real Deal charter aLSO PICTURED ARE Victoria Riose Trading stansards far left Counc Mick Murphy and Counc John Wilmott

A CRACKDOWN has been launched on the sale of counterfeit and illicit products at markets and car-boot sales in Hucknall and the rest of Ashfield.

It is part of a joint initiative between Ashfield District Council and Notts County Council’s trading standards team and both have signed the Real Deal charter.

The move means that anyone who organises a market or car-boot sale will have to sign a new market code of practice.

Ashfield Council will then keep records of all traders’ vehicles, inform traders about the policy on counterfeit goods and report anyone caught breaking the rules.

Any market organiser who breaches the market code of practice could have their market licence removed.

Coun Steve Carroll (Lab), who is Ashfield’s Cabinet member for regeneration, culture and housing, said: “We are pleased to be working with the county council on this initiative.

“We are eager for residents to use the local markets and want to make sure they feel protected when shopping at them.

“This charter will go a long way to give people reassurance when spending their money.”

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Trading Standards officers say they have seized 3,600 counterfeit CDs, DVDs and unclassified adult films from markets and car-boot sales across Ashfield since September last year.

They have also seized 6,700 discs from addresses in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding area along with copying equipment.

To report someone selling counterfeit or illicit goods call the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.