Christmas on the Black Market: Police find an ‘amazing’ catch of designer items, unsafe toys and illegal goods in raids on Oxford Street shops
- Police seized 17,500 designer goods and unsafe toys in a single day
- Attacks before Christmas found an ‘amazing’ move on Oxford Street, London
- The multi-agency Operation Jade even secured psychoactive food with THC in it
- Oxford Street is Europe’s busiest street with a daily number of visitors of more than 500,000
Police have seized an ‘amazing’ catch of designer goods, unsafe toys and illegal products in pre-Christmas raids.
More than 17,500 items were confiscated by police and government agencies from shops on Oxford Street, London, in a single day.
The multi-agency Operation Jade saw four souvenir and candy shops raided on Thursday night in the famous central London street, which has around 300 shops.
Heather Acton, Westminster City Council cabinet member for community and regeneration said: ‘Oxford Street is the country’s main street, our shoppers should be able to trust that the products they buy in the city are as described “on the can”.
Police confiscated more than 17,500 cut designer goods and illegal objects from shops on Oxford Street, London, in a single day Thursday
Oxford Street is Europe’s busiest shopping street with around 500,000 visitors every day (File image)
‘The quantity and diversity of goods seized by our officers is astounding.
‘Many of these goods are unsafe and certainly unhealthy.
“From cheap imitations of fashionable products to mislabeled tobacco and even psychoactive substances, it is crucial that we protect customers and get these products off the shelves.
“This Christmas is make or break for many high street shops, and checking retailers will support legitimate businesses and protect the West End’s reputation as a leading destination for shoppers.”
Trade standards seized 11,000 items, including unsafe toys, counterfeit clothes and nicotine products that were incorrectly labeled and high in nicotine.
Police confiscated two bags of food that had more than the legal legal limit for THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, and 4,000 items sold by an unregistered food business executive.
About 2,500 souvenirs were taken from unregistered businesses and illegal street vendors.
Meanwhile, health and safety officers issued three messages for unsafe electrical goods and poor safety standards in premises.
Police found 200 tonnes of counterfeit goods stored in 55 storage units across Manchester (left). The counterfeit goods included goods that claimed to be from Christian Dior and other designer goods (right)
This is not the first time the police have confiscated such a large move.
Manchester police seized an estimated £ 500 million worth of counterfeit designer goods weighing more than 200 tonnes, from 55 storage units across Strangeways, in the north of the city, in September.
Among the assortment of goods were suspected of fake shoes, clothes, handbags, watches, makeup, sunglasses and headphones.
Fake brands, which are often imported separately to be sewn on the counterfeit clothes and shoes, were also found.
Two counterfeit perfume factories were also found as well as the chemicals used to create the counterfeit fragrances.
The operation took place with the help of the City of London Police’s Intellectual Crime Property Unit and the UK Border Force.