Fake ‘designer’ clothes haul found in raid on Sunderland house

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DESIGNER goods worth thousands of pounds have been discovered during a police raid at a Sunderland home.

Officers searched a house at Tilbury Road in Thorney Close where they uncovered fake designer clothing, bags, watches and trainers estimated to be worth about £3,000.

Police say the goods would have been passed off as the real thing by traders looking to make hefty profits out of people’s desire to own designer names.

Inspector Colin Stephenson, from Northumbria Police, said: “As a result of information received, we carried out a search warrant at the address where the goods were found.

“While they have the appearance of being genuine, they are of very poor quality.

“The seizure means we have stopped people wasting their money and being duped into buying them.”

Officers are now working with teams from Sunderland’s Trading Standards on the investigation.

Insp Stephenson added: “I’d urge the public to continue providing us with information on suspicious activity or behaviour that’s concerning them in their neighbourhood so that we can take positive action.”

Police raided the property on Wednesday and trading standards officers are now in the process of tracing the origins of the goods.

Councillor James Blackburn, from Sunderland City Council, added: “Working together, we can target criminal activity such as the manufacture and sale of counterfeit goods and clothing within our city.

“Our Trading Standards team are a vital part of that process, gathering information from people about where problems may exist and then working with the police to do something about them.”

Anyone with information about counterfeit goods can contact police on 101 ext 69191.