£8million worth of fake goods seized in Manchester

An estimated £8million worth of fake designer goods have been seized after a series of police raids across north Manchester.

Officers executed warrants at homes, businesses and storage units in Strangeways on May 3 and 4.

It forms part of an operation with GMP’s Challenger team who are aiming to clamp down on the sale of counterfeit goods.

Items such as clothes, sunglasses, jewellery and perfume were seized as well as more than £270,000 in cash.

Detective Inspector Paul Walker said: “These raids are a great example of successful partnership working investigating the counterfeit world.

“The raids took place following intelligence from our partners and send out the clear message that fakes are illegal and will not be tolerated by the police.

“People often see selling knock-offs as a victimless crime.

“But buying these goods helps to line the pockets of criminals which can often fund more sinister crimes”.

A 44-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and counterfeit and trademark offences.

Both have since been released under further investigation.

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