Goods seized included fake UGG boots and hand-rolled tobacco

Basingstoke Gazette: Some of the tobacco seized during the raid at Blackbushe Market Some of the tobacco seized during the raid at Blackbushe Market

FAKE handbags and illegal tobacco were seized during an operation at a market near Hartley Wintney.

Officers from Trading Standards and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) recovered nearly £40,000 worth of goods at Blackbushe Market on Sunday.

A sniffer dog detected nearly 4kg of hand-rolled tobacco, and another 1kg was voluntarily surrendered. The tobacco was found in vehicles used by some traders.

It had a street value of £1,580 and amounted to £970 in lost tax revenue.

Other items recovered included 637 fake UGG boots, 36 ICE watches, DVDs and designer handbags, with a total street value of more than £36,000.

A seller had been formally warned and banned earlier this year for selling illegal tobacco, but further information on what was being sold at the market led to the raid.

Bob Gaiger, HMRC spokesman for Hampshire and Surrey, said: “HMRC works with other law enforcement agencies to target anyone we suspect is selling or smuggling illicit tobacco.

“We relentlessly pursue any individuals or crime gangs believed to be involved in this type of criminal activity. It is not a victimless crime and undermines the efforts of legitimate traders.”

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2:17pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Opinions_opinions says...

You mean you are surprised by this ???? On the few occasions I have walked around BB Market, I have always seen counterfeit products on sale. I would suggest that if Trading Standards and HMRC looked around the other stalls, they would have got a lot more than the small haul that they did confiscate. If you want to make an impact, you will need to have someone there *every* Sunday from TS to have any chance of making an impact. But then I would also say that most punters know they are buying counterfeit and are happy with their purchase. However, it is the Brand Owners that are being hit when those that did not know they have CF call the manufacturers when something goes wrong only to be told that do not have an original product. The tobacco and UGG's are the tip of the iceberg at BB market. Nike, Adidas, SuperDry, Tiffany, Next to name but a few of the items I have see as counterfeit. The market would be half the size if it was all legit stuff. I think BB market owners should be held responsible in a way too as they are allowing it to happen on their land.
You mean you are surprised by this ???? On the few occasions I have walked around BB Market, I have always seen counterfeit products on sale. I would suggest that if Trading Standards and HMRC looked around the other stalls, they would have got a lot more than the small haul that they did confiscate. If you want to make an impact, you will need to have someone there *every* Sunday from TS to have any chance of making an impact. But then I would also say that most punters know they are buying counterfeit and are happy with their purchase. However, it is the Brand Owners that are being hit when those that did not know they have CF call the manufacturers when something goes wrong only to be told that do not have an original product. The tobacco and UGG's are the tip of the iceberg at BB market. Nike, Adidas, SuperDry, Tiffany, Next to name but a few of the items I have see as counterfeit. The market would be half the size if it was all legit stuff. I think BB market owners should be held responsible in a way too as they are allowing it to happen on their land. Opinions_opinions

5:29pm Thu 19 Dec 13

DSB1964 says...

Ditto.
Ive always said 'How do they get away with selling here?'
Why all the surprise? Its been going on for years!!
Ditto. Ive always said 'How do they get away with selling here?' Why all the surprise? Its been going on for years!! DSB1964

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