Manchester residents are being warned to look out for fake poppies. The warning comes after the council’s trading standards team seized more than 1,700 bogus poppy products from a wholesaler in Cheetham Hill.
Officers discovered the illegal products – including pendants, earrings and badges, some of which featured the legend ‘Lest we forget’ – on sale during a routine inspection visit to the premises. An investigation to determine the source of the counterfeit goods is now ongoing.
It comes after the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and The Royal British Legion (RBL) urged members of the British public to be extra vigilant when buying poppy merchandise for Remembrance Day this year.
The public’s donations are intended to support members of the Armed Forces community and their families. However, they could end up benefiting fraudsters if the merchandise turns out to be fake.
The public are being asked to look out for counterfeit goods in the shape, or bearing the image of, the RBL’s familiar two-petal red poppy. The RBL have registered their rights to prevent such counterfeiting.
To help consumers beat the fraudsters, be a ‘responsible buyer’ and purchase your poppy from official RBL channels. If in doubt, buy through The Poppy Shop (https://www.poppyshop.org.uk), or the charity’s official eBay or Amazon pages – to be sure of authenticity.
Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “It is absolutely appalling that counterfeiters would sink to the depths of creating fake poppy merchandise, to try to exploit the public’s desire to support members of our Armed Forces community.”
If you think you’ve spotted fake poppy merchandise on sale, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.