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UK's first Fake Shop reveals danger of counterfeit goods

The Fake Shop contains examples of counterfeit and even dangerous products Photo: ITV West Country

People looking for a bargain this Christmas beware - while looking for a good deal you may be inadvertently buying dodgy or even dangerous counterfeit goods.

Now, Britain's first consumer protection fake shop has opened in Yeovil to help shoppers learn about what's really out there.

THE DANGER OF A GOOD DEAL

Our reporter David Woodland's been exploring the goods on offer at the fake shop and found some rather alarming bargains.

This baby's toy may look like a colourful present....

But the head removes easily to reveal a dangerous hazard - a spike which could stab a toddler in the eye.

Potential customers were shocked to hear how the pretty dresses on display would burn fiercely if they brushed past a candle.

These counterfeit disney dresses are highly flammable

As a parent if I saw a pretty dress in a market I probably would buy it but now knowing how dangerous and flammable they are it's definitely made me think twice.

I wouldn't, no, I definitely wouldn't buy it.

– Samantha Strick, shopper

DIRTY DEALS

The shop was created by the charity Impact Planet who want to warn the hapless consumer about what's really in their bargain buys.

Trading Standards have found perfume bulked out with urine, and counterfeit tobacco containing rat droppings swept up off the floor.

They will be actually smoking rat droppings and all sorts of unknown chemicals as we just don't know what is in there.

– PAUL CHICK MBE, Impact Planet

WHAT COULD YOUR CASH BE FUNDING?

Clothing and other fake brands may be so cheap that they're tempting to buy, but Trading Standards say if you knew where it is produced it might make you think twice.

There are suggestions that in some cases organised crime is involved, and some of these particularly the clothing items might well be made in third world countries under very unsatisfactory conditions, even dangerous conditions.

People are actually suffering and are under pressure to make this stuff.

– Cllr DAVID HALL, Somerset County Council

SO, CAN YOU SPOT A FAKE?

This savvy shopper was actually wearing a Stone Island crew neck when he came into the shop- he paid £145 for it.

See his reaction when he came up against a fake version - for a tenth of the price: