Keep it real and don’t toy with dangerous presents this Christmas after fakes seized in Cambridgeshire

Fake toys are seized in Cambridgeshire

Fake toys are seized in Cambridgeshire - Credit: Archant

Present buyers are being asked to make sure they don’t buy fake toys this Christmas after a haul of potentially dangerous ones were seized in Cambridgeshire this week.

Fake toys are seized in Cambridgeshire

Fake toys are seized in Cambridgeshire - Credit: Archant

Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards are warning people to make sure any toys they buy are from a reputable trader and have all the correct labelling.

This week a haul of some 10,000 toys were seized in a raid on a Cambridgeshire house involving Trading Standards and Police.

The operation followed products intercepted at UK borders by Trading Standards.

The counterfeit toys were linked to main popular children’s characters, programmes and films as well as well known brands including Disney frozen, Despicable Me, Peppa Pig, BigHero6, Pokemon, Secret Life of Pets, Paw Patrol, Hello Kitty.


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Investigations are still ongoing but offences include inappropriate labelling and toys that could be a choking hazard.

Emma Butterfield for Cambridgeshire County Council Trading Standards, said: “Christmas is a time of joy and giving but after finding these large quantity of counterfeit toys we are warning people to check before they buy. Toys go through a series of rigorous safety checks before they go on sale as fake ones can kill. Even Santa and his elves get the toys they make certified so please make sure you also have a safe Christmas.”

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