Fake England Shirts Worth £30,000 Seized At Heathrow
Thursday 26th June 2014
Hundreds of fake England football shirts have been seized at Heathrow during the World Cup.
The UK Border Force say they could have been worth between £20,000 and £30,000 if they had been sold.
A team from Border Force discovered the consignment of more than 400 home and away replica jerseys in freight on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 June.
The shirts, which had been imported from Hong Kong were confirmed as fake by the official England kit manufacturers, Nike.
"The package from Hong Kong was labelled up as being glassware, so when I opened it up and saw the shirts I knew they had to be fake," Officer Sean Rooney from Border Force commented.
"To the untrained eye they look pretty genuine. I'm certain they would have ended up being sold to unsuspecting members of the public as the real thing, so it is good we have found them, taken them out of circulation and stopped people getting conned."
The shirts will now be destroyed.
Marc Owen, Border Force Heathrow Director, said that fake items can have a massive impact on our economy.
"Counterfeit goods cause damage to legitimate businesses and traders, which is why Border Force is working hard to stop them entering the UK.
"Not only do they leave customers out of pocket when sold as the real thing, they are something that is at best inferior, at worst possibly dangerous.
"This was a great result for Rooney and his team-mates at Heathrow.”