Holiday makers warned to be cautious after seaside haul of counterfeit goods

Holidaymakers are being warned to be careful when buying from street sellers after Cornwall Council responded to the summer’s first reports of counterfeits at the seaside. 

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards and Police were called to Perranporth beach yesterday afternoon amid reports that fake clothing and handbags were openly being sold by street traders. 

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Dozens of branded items, including fashion hand bags, clothing, boots, perfume, sun glasses, speakers and headphones and sportswear were seized. 

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Communities Sue James said: “The Council’s Trading Standards officers work closely with local businesses to help them to comply with the various rules and regulations to compete successfully and to help grow the local economy. People who sell counterfeits and other illegal goods undermine Cornwall’s economy and threaten local jobs and legitimate businesses. Cornwall Council will not tolerate this behaviour and will do all we can to protect local businesses from this unfair competition.” 

Anyone with information about sales of counterfeit goods can contact Trading Standards at or via 0300 1234 191.

Story posted 11th August 2017