Page One: 20,000 counterfeit cases seized in Manchester
A man has been arrested after fake camera cases worth £1/2m were seized in a sting operation orchestrated by Canon and Trading Standards.
The 20,000 counterfeit cases were discovered at a house in Bowdon, Greater Manchester on 22 June.
A 40-year-old man has been arrested and bailed, according to a spokesman for Trafford Council who said that other counterfeit items, including ‘camera lenses’, were found.
Amateur Photographer (AP) understands that the fake lenses were ‘Canon’-branded, but this is yet to be confirmed.
The cases were branded as Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Nikon, Pentax and Kodak.
Trafford Trading Standards has told AP that the cases were good lookalikes.
The raid followed intelligence gathered by Canon which had discovered the counterfeit goods being sold online.
Test purchases were then conducted in a joint operation by Canon and Trading Standards.
A Canon Europe spokesman said: ‘It is ultimately the consumer that is impacted by counterfeit products.
‘It is therefore a great result that this operation has seized a significant amount of counterfeit products which are now out of circulation.’
Page Two: More pictures from Canon/Trading Standards sting operation