Fake handbags and clothes worth £850,000 seized at airport

Border Force officers recover more than 1600 counterfeit items at Edinburgh Airport.

Border Force carried out two operations.
Border Force carried out two operations.

Fake designer handbags and clothes worth more than £850,000 have been seized at Edinburgh Airport.

Border Force officers recovered more than 1600 counterfeit items in the space of seven days in April, it emerged on Wednesday.

They first found 892 fake items, including shoes and clothing branded Gucci, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Nike, worth around £230,000.

A week later, 723 items branded Christian Louboutin, Burberry and Balenciaga were seized, valued at £618,000.

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Border Force assistant director Adam Scarcliffe said: “The international trade in counterfeits is linked to serious and organised crime and undercuts honest traders, damaging our economy.

“We are determined to crack down on this trade and have many more items detained which are awaiting confirmation from the rights holders that they aren’t the genuine article.”


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