LONDON — Authorities here have seized a haul of counterfeit designer clothing and accessories in a raid at a gift shop on Oxford Street.
Earlier this week, officials from the Westminster Trading Standards office confiscated goods from a shop on Oxford Street called London Gifts. The haul included thousands of Burberry and Louis Vuitton handbags, fake Premier League T-shirts, One Direction mobile phone cases and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.
Some 5,000 items worth more than 20,000 pounds, or $32,655 at current exchange, were removed from the shop and police made three arrests. The store has been issued with a caution.
ITN News showed footage of Frank King, a Trading Standards officer for the Westminster City Council, at the shop bagging up the black market items to be destroyed.
King said: “The normal source of supply is from China. Very often you will see Chinese markings on some of the items, but they can come from a variety of other countries as well. [Shop owners] are well aware that when Trading Standards comes into the premises, they’re going to lose the goods because they’re counterfeit.”
The New West End Co., a body that represents 600 businesses in London’s West End including Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street, said it was aware of the incident and regularly supported the Trading Standards office at Westminster City Council.
Sally Eden, a spokeswoman for New West End, said: “We utterly deplore the trade of counterfeit goods and we are helping Trading Standards by educating our retailers.” She said her company would press for the full force of the law to be applied.