Hundreds of seized items of counterfeit clothing worth around £50,000 have been given to a Christian organisation to put to good use instead of being destroyed.
The clothing was seized by Trading Standards from local shops, market stalls and internet traders trying to pass them off as the genuine article to unsuspecting buyers when the items were just cheap copies.
Aberdeenshire Council donated the items to HIS Church, a registered charity, who will remove the offending names and logos and rebrand each item.
The clothing will then be distributed to homeless charities to help some of the most vulnerable people across Scotland and throughout the UK.
Principal Trading Standards Officer, Kevin Potter, said: “In protecting local consumers and legitimate businesses we have removed significant quantities of counterfeit clothing from the supply chain.
“I’m extremely pleased to now see those seized goods disposed of at no cost to the council and be put to such a positive use by helping vulnerable people.”
Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “I’m pleased the Trading Standards team is working so hard to prevent counterfeit products from being sold in Aberdeenshire.
“This is not a victimless crime in that consumers are being sold poor quality copies and we do not want our legitimate local economy being undermined by black market products.
“For these illegal items of clothing to now be recycled and donated to the most needy in our society is a great outcome.”
Trading Standards advise consumers to be wary when buying any branded product at an unusually low price, particularly if buying on the internet.
Consumers should only buy from sellers they trust, especially when it involves expensive items.
However if buying goods costing over £100, consumers are advised to pay using a credit card so that they have added protection if the goods turn out to be counterfeit.
Anyone suspected of
selling counterfeit goods can be reported on 08454 040506 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.