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Belfast happy to fake it for Christmas

By Staff Reporter

Belfast people are the most likely in the UK to hand out fake Christmas presents, according to a new survey.

Nearly a quarter (24.56%) admitted that they would consider buying counterfeit gifts to save money.

The research commissioned by Direct Golf also revealed that one in 10 would consider buying stolen goods for Christmas gifts, placing Belfast eighth on the list of the most likely cities to purchase stolen presents.

The Trading Standards Institute warned that children may be in danger from knock-off toys that have small, loose parts and clothes made from toxic materials or that don't meet safety requirements.

Some £22bn is likely to be spent on Christmas by UK households this year.

More than £90m is spent on counterfeit products each year, and in 2013/14 customs officials detained 21,000 consignments of fake goods at UK borders.

At a national level, more than one in six people would consider giving counterfeit goods as Christmas presents if it would save them money. Researchers also found that more than one in 12 would consider purchasing Christmas gifts that had been stolen.

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