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Hundreds of fake accessories seized outside Turf Moor

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12:22pm 6th December 2018

More than 300 fake accessories, including hats and scarves, have been taken away from two stalls outside Turf Moor. 

Officers from Trading Standards in Lancashire were out last night as Burnley lost 3-1 to Liverpool.

They found counterfeit items with Burnley, Manchester United, Liverpool and other Premier League trademarks on them.

This follows a Trading Standards operation on Burnley town centre shops and stalls in summer 2018 where 455 counterfeit Burnley FC and Premier League items, from shirts to iPad covers, were seized from 3 retailers.

Burnley FC called Trading Standards after discovering the counterfeit sellers outside the ground on match days.

All goods seized have been signed over for destruction, and warnings issued on the understanding that the operation will be carried out again later in the season, and that next time stronger action may be taken.

Trading Standards have warned sellers that those found selling counterfeit goods can be prosecuted and may receive an unlimited fine or a 10-year jail sentence under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

County Councillor Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, said:

"Trading Standards advise that consumers should examine items to check whether they're the real thing.

"Look for genuine packaging and labels, check the quality of fabric, printing and labels, and watch for spelling mistakes. We'd urge fans to support the club they love by buying genuine items." 

A spokesman for the Premier League said:

"The Premier League and the clubs are committed to reducing the trade in counterfeit merchandise and are hugely appreciative of the support from Lancashire Trading Standards." 

If you have concerns about the sale of counterfeit goods, contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

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