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    The best copies in the World from Manchester

    Manchester and Salford are hub for '90 per cent of UK trade in fake goods


    Government minister Baroness Wilcox pictured (left) with a police officer during last month's raids on suspected fake goods traders across Greater Manchester



    Manchester and Salford have been named as the UK centre for a thriving illicit trade in fake designer goods.
    A report by BBC Radio 5 Live said the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester is regarded by officials as an 'assembly and distribution hub' for the trade in fake goods around the country.


    Glyn Roberts, a former policeman who now helps businesses fight the fake goods trade, told the programme 5 Live Investigates: "Manchester and Salford are the distribution centres of 90% of counterfeit products in the UK."


    Pete Astley, a chief Trading Standards officer sitting on the national Intellectual Property Crime Group, which represents Trading Standards, the police and businesses added:


    "Manchester and Salford is the centre of counterfeiting and piracy in the UK.


    "We have areas in these cities where the market is very well developed and you'll find everything and anything being sold in those areas.


    "The supply chains are very organised within the north-west [of England] region and they supply other parts of the country with counterfeit goods.


    "Goods from Manchester and Salford can find their way anywhere in the country. We have examples of products in the Shetland Islands and Cornwall as well as parts of Scotland and the south east [of England]."


    The MEN reported earlier this week that the outdoor market at Salford precinct is to close next month after 30 years' trading because it has been blighted by stallholders who persistently sell fake goods.


    A raid on an industrial unit in Lower Broughton, Salford, four weeks ago also found fake goods worth around £300,000 including Ugg boots, 150 bottles of fake Stella McCartney perfume and bogus versions of trendy Paulís Boutique bags.


    But the government insists it is taking action against the problem, which costs the UK economy an estimated £1.3 billion a year, through initiatives in Manchester and Salford such as Project Gulf, which targets organised crime.


    Last month government minister Baroness Wilcox joined officers from Project Gulf on a pre-Christmas strike against organised traders in pirated DVDs and CDs.


    They seized goods worth tens of thousands of pounds in pre-dawn raids on homes in Swinton, Failsworth, Middleton, Blackley, Dukinfield, and Ashton-under-Lyne.

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    Fake shell suits are a BIG seller in Liverpool

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