‘Holy Fake Merchandise’ Batman

By on 17/08/2011 in News

Birmingham Trading Standards are taking to the streets in their crime fighting role as the city's very own 'faked crusaders' this week as the NIA plays host to 'Batman Live'.

With the event, which runs from 17th - 21st August expected to attract thousands of visitors, the Council is warning visitors about the dangers which could come from buying fake or unofficial merchandise.

Officers are especially concerned about organised criminal gangs producing low end products including Batman figurines, t-shirts, posters and souvenirs.

The toys are of a particular concern as the stringent quality testing to ensure the items are safe cannot be verified. Parents are urged to buy from the official sources at the venue and not to risk parting with money for what could be potentially unsafe items.

Cllr Neil Eustace, Chair of the Public Protection Committee, said: “Not only can these products prove a serious health risk to members of the public, especially children, but the revenue accumulated by these criminals is often used to fund other illegitimate criminal activity, and can directly impact upon money that would otherwise be spent at legitimate businesses which ultimately support jobs in the local area.”

Birmingham Trading Standards Officers will be out in force at the venue with an aim of seizing and disrupting the sales of fake and unsafe merchandise.

Guy Dunstan, General Manager for the NIA and LG Arena, said:

“Bootleg merchandise is an ongoing problem in the live events industry but we're determined to help stamp it out at the NIA and LG Arena. Earlier this year, we led an operation with West Midlands Police and Trading Standards and seized over £10,000 worth of counterfeit WWE merchandise at the LG Arena. We also issued 20 banning orders to gangs of rogues to ensure a clampdown on their activity at our venues. This remains a key focus for both venues as we know that it's not a victimless crime and we want to ensure that our visitors enjoy their experience and aren't exposed to shoddy merchandise or intimidating groups of sellers. Batman Live will be a fantastic event and we're looking forward to hosting it, along with its fans, at the NIA.”



For more information contact Simon Houltby 0121 303 3503

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