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Safety fears over children's trainers

Beware cheap branded goods. That is the message from Nottinghamshire Trading Standards after officers seized hundreds of potentially unsafe and counterfeit items from a site in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Officers have seized hundreds of potentially unsafe and counterfeit items from a site in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Credit: Nottinghamshire County Council

They seized around 450 items from a Facebook seller. The items included electrical items such hair straighteners, children's and adult clothing, make-up and perfume.

But officers are particularly concerned about children's trainers with a USB cable inserted into them which charges the multi coloured lights built into the sole along with a charging battery.

Officers are particularly concerned about children's trainers with a USB cable inserted into them. Credit: Nottinghamshire County Council

Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council's Community Safety Committee, said:

Counterfeit goods are increasingly being sold on social media sites like Facebook at very low prices, but many buyers don't realise the items are not genuine and are often unsafe.

We are encouraging people to buy those last few gifts from reputable traders on the run-up to Christmas to avoid disappointment or at worst an injury from a dangerous item.

– Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council's Community Safety Committee

As well as clothing there are various electrical goods such as headphones & trainers which are potentially a fire risk as they haven't been tested to see if they're safe.

Some of the counterfeit goods seized in Nottinghamshire. Credit: ITV News Central / Philip Brewster

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