Four arrested in Bradford raid

After 2 years of complicated negotiations with West Yorkshire Joint Trading Standards Service, West Yorkshire Police and HMRC and months of dedicated investigations, surveillance and test purchases, a raid took place in Bradford, West Yorkshire on Thursday 10th March 2016. Several addresses were raided uncovering a large print factory which was printing counterfeit T/shirts, caps, mugs and hooded…

Camden retailers raided

Surelock representing TRAP amongst other clients, joined by a large number of Anti Counterfeit Group members assisted officers from Camden Council Trading Standards to carry out two days of enforcements in and around the Camden area. A market, six retail stores and numerous stalls were raided and van loads of counterfeit merchandise were seized. Surelock will continue their task…

Italian Authorities arrest 16

A successful combined operation between of Guardia di Finanza and investigators tasked by TRAP members has led to the seizure of 62.000 fake calendars, 124 printing machines and 16 people being charged with crimes of counterfeiting and commercial fraud including tax fraud of more than 240,000 Euros Raids involved companies in provinces of Turin, Varese, Bologna and Rimini. Products…

Vans filled with counterfeit goods after Camden raids by TRAP

On Friday 19 November 2015, following reconnaissances made by TRAP partners Surelock and assisted by Camden Trading Standards, a major anti-counterfeit operation on three targeted retail stores in Camden High Street was carried out. More than 4,000 music branded teeshirts & sweatshirts were seized including One Direction, 5 SOS, Motorhead, Arctic Monkeys, Black Sabbath, Led…

Central London raids

TRAP alongside Westminster Trading Standards and a large Police support team have completed two days of intensive anti-counterfeit action, in and around London’s Leicester Square. Following painstaking reconnaissance and test purchasing, TRAP raided 9 retail outlets resulting in thousands of items of a counterfeit nature being seized.

Court appearance for West Country trio

The Plymouth Herald reports that 3 people have appeared in court accused of printing up and selling dodgy One Direction clothing. Kenneth Colley, aged 42, Jason Ross, aged 45 and Anna Strzelecka, aged 39, all stand jointly charged of selling clothing between July 1 2009 and July 12, 2012 which bore trademarked images and of…

18 month jail term for ebay bootlegger

Barry Wayne Pritchard of Penycae near Wrexham was jailed for 18 months after selling around £220,000 worth of counterfeit designer t-shirts on eBay over six years. He was convicted of possessing a printing press, a garment printer and a computer and its software in connection with the fraud. Pritchard was sentenced on the basis that…

12 month jail sentence for counterfeit trader

This successful prosecution follows a Surelock investigation on behalf of TRAP. Counterfeit t-shirts featuring the biggest names in pop including One Direction, Jessie J, Justin Bieber, Little Mix, The Wanted and JLS raked in more than £61,000 for a jewellery shop owner as part of a rogue printing operation. The illegal merchandise was sold over the internet and…