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'Shop' of fake goods is raided by police officers

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 13/10/2015

A makeshift shop containing counterfeit clothing, jewellery and shoes has been raided in south Armagh.

Police found two "viewing rooms" and a storeroom packed with fake goods when they swooped on a property at Blaney Road, Crossmaglen.

Clothing with brand names Chanel, Barbour, Ralph Lauren, Hollister and Michael Kors were recovered. There was also counterfeit make-up, perfume, jewellery, watches and shoes. A small quantity of fireworks and bottles of poteen were also seized.

The raid was carried out on Friday. A 39-year-old woman and 44-year-old man arrested at the scene have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Wright said: "The counterfeit market damages our local economy and diverts much needed finance away from small and local businesses.

"There are also many instances where the counterfeit market is used to fund organised crime and terrorism."

"We would ask the public to support us as we address this crime and encourage anyone who has information to contact us on 101."

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