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Two held in fake car products probe

A man and a woman in their forties have been arrested as part of a police investigation into the sale of fake car products.

The pair were detained in Ballymena, Co Antrim, by detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's (PSNI) organised crime branch.

Police also seized two cars, a Porsche and a BMW, as well as counterfeit key fobs, badges and wheel caps for brands including Audi and Mercedes during searches in Ballymena, Portstewart and Belfast.

Detective Inspector Todd Clements said officers had been following up on a complaint from a car manufacturer.

"Officers have seized a significant amount of what we believe are counterfeit car products being sold online in a business with a substantial turnover," he said.

"As part of our restraint operation we have seized two high-value cars belonging to the man and woman. We are also in the process of obtaining restraint orders on a house in the Galgorm area of Ballymena and two properties in Portstewart and a number of bank accounts."

The 47-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman have been taken to Ballymena PSNI station for questioning.

Mr Clements added: "The market for car products linked to prestige brands runs into millions of pounds. Those who seek to subvert this market by making and selling counterfeit products are jeopardising jobs and reducing company profits. But, most importantly, they are taking money out of the legitimate economy and in doing so are reducing the money available to the Exchequer through tax revenue to provide our communities with roads, schools and hospitals."

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