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Counterfeit goods 're-branded' for re-sale

Goods worth £30,000 were seized last year by Police Scotland Credit: ITV News Border

Thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit goods seized by Police Scotland have been given a new lease of life.

Items found in a van near Lockerbie last year, have been 're-branded' and given to charity.

Brands including UGG, Nike and Armani are among the labels forged Credit: ITV News Border

International labels like UGG, Nike and Armani were among the brands forged.

Their branding has now been replaced by the logo of the charity Planet Zero.

The items will be 're-branded' and sold in second hand charity shops Credit: ITV News Border

It's the first time, Dumfries and Galloway Trading Standards are handing over counterfeit items to a charity.

The clothes will either be sold second hand or given to homeless people, but only after they've been transformed.

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£30,000 of counterfeit goods to go to charity

Fake designer clothes and shoes seized on the M74 are to be recycled instead of being incinerated.

A van carrying £30,000 worth of counterfeit goods was stopped by police last year near Lockerbie.

For the first time, Dumfries and Galloway Trading Standards are handing over counterfeit items to a charity.

The clothes will either be sold second hand or given to homeless people, but only after they've been transformed.

'De-branded' counterfeit goods given to charity

Counterfeit goods, similar to these, are usually destroyed or given back to the brand holders Credit: ITV News Border

Goods seized as part of anti-counterfeiting operations in Dumfries and Galloway are being handed to a local charity today.

Counterfeit goods are normally either destroyed of returned to the brand holder when they are discovered but, today 9 July, charity Planet Zero will receive the items.

Planet Zero has a history of working with Trading Standards in this manner.

They will 'de-brand' clothing by overwriting their own logo onto offending trademarks or remove them altogether.

The 'Planet Zero' goods are then donated to third world or disadvantaged communities.

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Police investigate two robberies in Borders

Police in the Scottish Borders are investigating two break-ins in the area.

A property in Hawick and another near Peebles were targeted between Wednesday, 2 July and Thursday, 3 July.

The incident in Hawick happened between 12pm on Wednesday, 2 July and 8am on Thursday, 3 July at a business on Buccleuch Street.

Despite signs of a break-in to the storage area, it appears that nothing was stolen.

The second incident, near Peebles, took place between 7.30am and 2.30pm on Thursday, 3 July at a property in Eddleston.

A quantity of jewellery taken but was later recovered outside.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Doorstop crime: What can you do?

A national campaign hopes to stop doorstop crime Credit: PA

People are being urged to be vigilant for bogus workmen this summer.

Police Scotland are working with Trading Standards Officers as part of a national campaign to stop doorstop crime.

Doorstop crime can be anyone trying to get your personal details or get into your home by pretending they are someone they're not, for example a police officer, council staff or a meter reader. Rogue traders often cold-call and will probably overcharge you for poor or unnecessary work.

People are being advised to:

  • Be on guard if someone turns up unexpectedly
  • Use a door chain or bar
  • Always put the chain on before opening the door
  • Keep it on while talking to callers
  • Don’t feel embarrassed - genuine callers expect you to be careful
  • If you don’t have a door chain, check from the nearest window. Remember, door chains can be easily fitted
  • If you’re not sure, don’t answer the door

Police have launched a 'Nominated Neighbour Scheme' which aims to give local support to hose who do not want to answer their doors.

More information on this scheme can be found here.

If you are suspicious of a caller, contact the police.

New telephone scam tricks victim out of money

An 81-year-old man fell victim to the telephone scam Credit: PA

People are being warned about a new type of scam that is targeting people in the region. The scam encourages people to buy a scheme to ward off nuisance calls by a false company.

An 81-year-old Stranraer man was targeted by the scam.

He was called by someone offering a system for getting rid of nuisance telephone calls. The agreement was that for £2 per month, for three years, nuisance calls could be stopped.

The caller was able to give the man the first eight digits of his bank card and is believed to sound convincing in his sales pitch.

The man from Stranraer accepted the offer and later received by post a small box which he was instructed to attach to his phone line.

When he did, the line went dead.

He then found that the full cost of the three year contract, £89, had been taken from his account in one transaction, as opposed to the £2 per month as agreed.

Anyone who has information or has been scammed should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact the police.

For advice about protecting yourself from scams, click here.

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