Counterfeit goods worth more than £500,000 on the streets of south London have been handed to a charity for redistribution across the borough and Africa.
Fake iPhones, Obey caps, Beats by Dre headphones, Dior sunglasses and clothes are among the haul seized by Lambeth Council’s Trading Standards team and being today handed to charity His Church.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Neighbourhoods, said: “This is a brilliant scheme, taking money from the pockets of criminals and helping the poor.”
Where possible the clothing will be debranded, rebranded in the charity’s name and sent to charities that run homeless shelters and women’s refugees.
If the goods are heavily branded they will still have their labels covered over, but sent outside the EU – with His Church currently sending goods to the needy in impoverished Liberia.
About 85 per cent of the population in the African nation are estimated to live below the international poverty line.
Other items like the iPhones and the sunglasses will be recycled – with the plastic being shredded used to make pencils, and metals going to scrap.
Richard Humphrey, His Church charity co-ordinator, said: “Lambeth Council does excellent work in protecting consumers and traders. We are very grateful for their partnership.”