Thurrock: Working with Trading Standards to help keep you safe from counterfeit goods
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Our officers in Thurrock are working with Trading Standards to take goods off the streets which are suspected to be fake or dangerous.
This can range from perfume to cigarettes and tobacco.
PC Stuart Mackinnon, of Grays Town Centre Team, explains that we will provide support to Thurrock Trading Standards ‘because, obviously, people don’t want their goods seized – it’s quite a lot of money for them to lose'.
“But, take cigarettes, for example. They are just so dangerous for the community because they may contain dangerous chemicals and they may have been imported illegally without any checks whatsoever.”
PC Stuart Mackinnon
Police officers have powers of seizure but Trading Standards staff also have the power to seize goods they suspect to be fake, dangerous or imported illegally. We hand any seizures our officers make to the Trading Standards team for them to investigate further.
Stuart says both teams have a good working relationship.
“Whenever I see someone I think is selling fake goods, I give Trading Standards a call and they come along.
“It works both ways. If they need help, they call us and we will attend to assist.”
PC Stuart Mackinnon
A prolific, illicit tobacco-seller was recently prosecuted for selling counterfeit tobacco, given a 12-month community order and fined £120.
Thurrock Council leader Cllr Rob Gledhill says collaborating with Essex Police is a fantastic example of working together to protect our communities.
“Our Trading Standards team works hard to keep our residents safe from fake and dangerous goods that may find their way onto the consumer market.
“For example, the sale of both counterfeit and illegal cigarettes by irresponsible traders can be extremely harmful. Not only do these encourage young people to start smoking earlier as they are cheaper to purchase, they pose a greater fire hazard as they may not self-extinguish like legal versions.
“And, aside from long-term health concerns, counterfeit cigarettes can contain asbestos, mould, dust, dead flies and rat droppings.
“We continue to see great results from this joint working and will take action, where necessary, to prevent our communities being put in harm’s way.”
Cllr Rob Gledhill
How can I help?
Thurrock residents wishing to report the sale of illicit tobacco can do so by contacting to Trading Standards on 0808 223 1133.