Six arrested after counterfeit goods are uncovered at Horse Fair

North Yorkshire Police with the seized goods from Seamer Horse Fair
North Yorkshire Police with the seized goods from Seamer Horse Fair

Six people have been arrested after an undercover operation at Seamer Horse Fair exposed illegal trading of counterfeit goods.

North Yorkshire Police seized three vans, some cash and a large quantity of counterfit goods, including hundreds of items of clothing, from the fair.

The annual event attracts hundeds of gypsies and travellers every year, and was held in a site off the B1261 between Seamer and Crossgates at the weekend.

Police and North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards and Planning Services joined forces for the operation after concerns were raised about the sale of counterfeit goods at this year’s fair.

Covert Trading Standards officers were sent on site where they purchased a number of goods.

Police then intercepted three vehicles leaving the site on Sunday, which led to the arrest of six people and the seizure of the vans and goods.

The arrested people included two men from London aged 38 and 40, two women from London aged 34 and 47 and a man, 75 and a woman, 69, from Essex.

They have been released on bail while enquiries continue.

Ruth Andrews, head of Trading Standards at the county council said: “I can confirm that a significant seizure of goods took place on Sunday, July 15 at the Seamer Horse Fair Event.

“All the goods seized are suspected of being counterfeit and include a wide range of clothing items.

“At a time when the country is facing recession and small businesses are struggling to survive, it is more important than ever that we take steps with our partners to ensure local, legitimate businesses don’t lose trade to rogue traders, including counterfeiters.

“For this reason we will continue to work effectively with our partners, including North Yorkshire Police, to protect their interests as well as unsuspecting consumers who are buying items in good faith, believing them to be genuine.”

North Yorkshire Police’s superintendent Glyn Payne, commander for the Scarborough and Ryedale District, echoed Ms Andrew’s comments and added: “The arrests demonstrate the excellent working relationship between the police and local councils in our drive to disrupt criminality in our neighbourhoods. Illegal activity will not be tolerated and anyone who thinks they will get away with it in North Yorkshire is sadly mistaken.”