Barking and Dagenham Trading Standards seize huge haul of suspected fake goods

Goods worth more than £50,000 have been seized in an east London council’s largest ever raid on an alleged fake designer products seller.

Officers from Barking and Dagenham Trading Standards raided the home in Whalebone Grove on Friday September 20.

They seized perfumes with Paco Rabanne, Dior and Hugo Boss branding, as well as clothes with Ralph Lauren and Gucci labels.

More than 100 pair of £150 Apple Airpods, which are suspected to be fakes, were also taken from the property.

The huge haul of suspected counterfeit goods filled an entire transit van, a council spokesman said.

He added that the investigation remains ongoing and the residents of the house will be “invited to an interview under caution in the coming weeks”.

Officers raided the illegal home after receiving an anonymous tip-off.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement, said: “This is one of the biggest hauls of [alleged] fake goods we have come across in Barking and Dagenham.

“Buying and selling counterfeits is not a victimless crime. As well as being potentially dangerous, their sale can fund organised criminal gangs and damage legitimate traders.”

Rachael Burford

Local Democracy Reporter