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Fans fooled into buying fake celebrity memorabilia

Trading Standards officers assessing fake sporting memorabilia

A warning has been issued urging memorabilia fans to be vigilant when buying their celebrity-signed items.

The goods, once owned by music stars - or sporting icons - can go for premium prices. But Trading Standards say some fans are being duped into buying fakes and forgeries.

The warning comes after one man admitted selling thousands of pounds of bogus goods. Steve Pearson, who used to be the stadium announcer at Portsmouth Football Club, used his status to convince people the signed goods were real. Andrew Pate has our report.

A photograph of Steve Pearson appears, courtesy of 'The News, Portsmouth'. The interviewees are: JIm Conway, Collector; Peter Emmett, Trading Standards manager; Craig Copland, Trading Standards investigating officer.


Illegal tobacco worth £75k seized in raids across Kent

Seventy-five thousand pounds worth of illegal tobacco has been seized by authorities in the latest crackdown on smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes.

Raids took place across seven shops in Gravesend and Dartford which led to the discovery of one of the largest hauls the Kent Trading Standards team has ever found. Nashreen Issa reports.

The interviewee is Richard Strawson from the Trading Standards team in Kent.

Faulty chainsaws seized at Dover

Self-assembly chainsaws impounded at Dover Credit: PA

Nearly 1,000 dangerous chainsaws imported from China with a host of faults have been seized at one of Britain's main borders. Trading standards chiefs said 486 boxes containing the self-assembly chainsaws were impounded at the Port of Dover in Kent.

They were found to have three crucial faults including a brake failure. Sixteen grass-cutters, also among the consignment, have been impounded as a major part was missing and documents were incomplete.

The importer told officers the chainsaws were destined for Poland. But now Trading Standards officials want the chainsaws destroyed, possibly by a charity which could sell the parts for scrap.


Sniffer dogs find 600 packets of cigarettes and tobacco

Sniffer dogs hired in by West Sussex Trading Standards have found 600 illicit cigarettes and tobacco.

It is the first time the dogs have been bought in and officers who led the raids, which took place in Littlehampton, Bognor and Worthing, say they are delighted with the results.

The dogs found one stash in a false cupboard which was hidden in a wall, accessed by a dummy power socket, which officers would never have spotted without them.

Lionel Barnard, the West Sussex County Council Cabinet member who oversees Trading Standards said, "This was an excellent result.

"Cheap illicit tobacco is more readily available to those on low incomes, including young people, who are amongst the priority groups we are particularly keen to support to not start, or to give up smoking."

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