A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of trademark offences after police raided two premises in Cheetham Hill this morning
Inside the units believed to be responsible for mass producing counterfeit items, police found a number of machines which are used to affix counterfeit designer logos onto unbranded items.
Police also seized a number of items consistent with a substantial counterfeit operation – including large quantities of counterfeit clothes, 1000s of branded badges ready to be attached to clothing and handbags, cash, vapes, and machinery.
Sergeant Dan Cullum, one of Operation Vulcan’s specialist officers said: “Whilst there may be less of an appetite for counterfeit clothing on the streets of Cheetham Hill following relentless police and partner activity, we are acutely aware there is still an online demand. That’s why pursuing those responsible for mass producing these counterfeit items continues to be a top priority for Operation Vulcan.
“We’ve said it before, but I’d like to take this chance to remind members of the public to remain vigilant when shopping. You may think you’re getting a bargain when buying fake clothing, but it’s a bargain built on exploitation and further criminality. That handbag or pair of shoes is at the end of a long chain of misery that is lining the pockets of some very nasty and ruthless individuals involved in drugs trafficking, forced labour and violent crime.”