Date: 03/07/2012 Category: Trading standards
Fake Olympic goods have been seized by officers from Medway Council’s Trading Standards Team.
The counterfeit mobile phone covers were being sold for £5 from a market stall.
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact Cllr Mike O’Brien said: “The council’s Trading Standards Team is monitoring the market place in the run up to the Olympic Games to ensure that no fakes are being sold in the area.
“It is important to our local shops who are offering authentic Olympic memorabilia that their business is not prejudiced by these rogue traders who sell cheap fakes.
“The 2012 Olympics is the biggest sporting event in Britain and many people naturally want to support it through the merchandising, which features the Olympic logos and symbols. It is important that they can be confident that the goods they are buying are genuine and comply with the safety standards.”
Medway Council’sTrading Standards Team is determined that the 2012 Olympics will not be used as a platform for disreputable traders to sell shoddy fakes. If you are offered Olympic goods that you suspect might be counterfeit please contact your local Trading Standards on the Helpline number 08454 040506.”
The Olympic Symbol Protection Act 1995 makes it a criminal offence to use symbols, mottos or logos associated with the Olympics in the course of trade, a person committed of this offence could receive up to a £20,000 fine at the Magistrates’ Court.