Police seize fake goods in Bangor

POLICE seized fake designer goods worth an estimated £70,000 during a search at a house in Bangor yesterday.

A man and a woman were arrested in the course of the investigation and later released, pending further inquiries.

Detectives believe the items they found were destined to be sold on the internet.

The PSNI at first said the goods were worth 500,000, but later retracted that figure and apologised for the mistake.

Area commander in north Down, Chief Insp Ian McCoy, advised the public to beware anyone trying to sell goods under suspicious circumstances in the run-up to the festive season.

“What we have here are Christian Dior handbags which would normally be sold, with a certificate of authenticity, for close to 1,000 each.

“Essentially, they are just copies with fake certificates,” he said.

“This is a timely reminder to everyone.

“Shopping on the internet for your Christmas presents is a fast and easy way to do things, but criminals are trying to use this to their advantage.

“You must ensure that the website you are buying from is a reputable site and never give your personal or banking details to a site that you have never heard of, or you are unsure of.

“The PSNI would advise members of the public at all times of the year to be careful of anyone trying to offload counterfeit items at very cheap prices, but this warning is even more important at Christmas.”

Mr McCoy warned: “Organised criminals use this time of year to prey on those who look for a bargain and they will get you to part with your money in exchange for something which is not the genuine article and will lead to disappointment.

“These are not bargains.

“These are items that are being sold to fund further criminality in your area.

“Don’t help the criminals help themselves,” he appealed.

Anyone who has been offered counterfeit goods, or who has information that could help police, is asked to call 0845 600 8000, or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.