Police in Manchester seized over £1m of counterfeit goods including fake designer clothing, cosmetics and counterfeit GHD hair straighteners. The seizures were made following a joint operation by Greater Manchester Police (GMP), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and council trading standards officials. Two men from Manchester have been arrested.
Sandra Smith, HMRC’s assistant director of criminal investigation said;
“We are in difficult times for businesses economically and it is impossible for legitimate traders to compete on an unfair playing field. We owe it to them to support them in any way we can.”
Counterfeit products are not subject to the same health and safety tests that legitimate products are. With counterfeit make-up we don’t know what’s in it and how our skin will react. There have been reports of products containing some pretty nasty ingredients including lead, which can lead to kidney failure and, in high enough doses, death. Fake GHDs are another product we’ve heard rather alarming stories about – girls burning their hair off, melting skin and even electrocution!
If you’re concerned that the seller of GHDs are not selling genuine products, you can do a search of GHD’s handy website checker to confirm you are buying from an approved stockist! Remember, fakes are never in fashion!