Two men and a woman arrested in Londonderry over counterfeit items
Two men and a woman have been arrested in Londonderry on suspicion of offences related to the sale of counterfeit goods.
The two men, aged 30 and 32 years, and the 42-year-old woman are suspected of being involved in the sale of counterfeit clothing, music and films contrary to the Trade Marks Act and Copyright Designs and Patents Act.
During a PSNI operation on Wednesday, detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch, assisted by local officers, searched three houses and a mobile shop in the City side area of Derry during which they seized a quantity of counterfeit clothing, music, films and documentation as well as approximately £2,500 cash.
The 32 year old man has since been interviewed and released on bail pending completion of further enquiries.
The other two arrested individuals are currently being interviewed at Strand Road PSNI Station.
Detective Inspector Tom McClure, from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch warned counterfeit goods harmed the local economy.
"The counterfeit market damages our local economy and diverts much needed finance away from small and local businesses," he said.
"There are also instances where the counterfeit market is used to fund organised crime and terrorism.
"We would ask the public to support us as we work to address this criminality and would encourage anyone who has information to contact us on 101."