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 tops on a massive scale. (so far trading standards have identified over £300,000 worth of goods). Also found and seized were large amounts of prepared vinyl transfers bearing trademarks including Arctic Monkeys, Kiss, Olly Murs, 1D, JLS, Motorhead, Guns n Roses, Elvis, Justin Bieber and many more. Trading standards seized 6 heat presses, 4 vinyl cutters, 3 desk top computers, 5 laptops 11 mobile phones, 1,000s of blank T/shirts, caps, hooded tops and mugs along with£1,700 in cash.
A number of high end cars including a Rolls Royce, a Bentley, a Audi RS4, a Nissan GTR, a Aston Martin DB9 and a BMW X5 were found with paperwork showing all were purchased for cash. These cars will be added to any proceeds of crime (POCA) claim.
This was a fantastic result for TRAP and Surelock. We will now diligently work with the authorities putting together the necessary evidence to gain another successful prosecution.