Northern Ireland

Police seize counterfeit goods in Armagh

Clothing with the brand names Chanel, Barbour, Ralph Lauren, Hollister and Michael Kors were recovered
Clothing with the brand names Chanel, Barbour, Ralph Lauren, Hollister and Michael Kors were recovered Clothing with the brand names Chanel, Barbour, Ralph Lauren, Hollister and Michael Kors were recovered

A MAKE-SHIFT 'shop' containing counterfeit clothing, jewellery and shoes has been raided in south Armagh.

Police found two "viewing rooms" and a storeroom packed with fake goods when they swooped on a property at Blaney Road, Crossmaglen on Friday.

Clothing with the brand names Chanel, Barbour, Ralph Lauren, Hollister and Michael Kors were recovered - as well as make-up, perfume, jewellery, watches and shoes.

A small quantity of fireworks and bottles of potcheen were also seized.

A 39-year-old woman and 44-year-old man arrested at the scene have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Wright said that the counterfeit market damaged the local economy and "diverts much needed finance away from small and local businesses."

"There are also many instances where the counterfeit market is used to fund organised crime and terrorism," he said.