£10,000 worth of fake goods in Bucks to be destroyed.
Time has been called by Trading Standards officers on more than £10,000 worth of counterfeit alcohol, cigarettes and designer clothes seized in the past three years.
Around 4,500 illegal or dangerous items, locked away in their evidence strongroom in the bowels of County Hall, Aylesbury, must now be disposed of to make room for seizures during 2019.
Lawrence Eldridge, who supervises investigations for Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards, said the goods to be disposed of had either been seized during operations, forfeited after successful prosecutions, or signed over to investigating officers by co-operative traders.
Where possible goods will have the fake brands removed so that they can be re-used through charities. Where that isn’t possible, or something is dangerous, the goods are destroyed.