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£60,000 worth of goods seized

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Trading Standards has been on the warpath over pirated software again, this time probing the underground world of car booting*.

A TS swoop at Sunday's car boot sale in Tensely, Derbyshire, netted more than 2,700 items of counterfeit goods worth an estimated £60,000, according to the European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA).

The goods were seized from seven sellers, and one person was arrested.

According to the press release, Derbyshire Trading Standards had been "conducting covert visits to the car boot sale over a number of weeks".

"Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Trading Standards officers displayed tenacity, skill and professionalism," said Terry Anslow, ELSPA chief investigating officer.

"ELSPA on behalf of its membership applaud the stance taken by Derbyshire County Council. This style of enforcement sends out a clear message to anyone tempted to become involved in this illegal activity, of the probable consequences," he added.

Trading Standards warned it would be making regular visits to markets and car boot sales "to protect the public from poor quality counterfeit copies and to ensure fair competition for the many reputable traders in the county who market legitimate products." ®

* For those unfamiliar with the delights of car boot sales, they are a gathering of people, usually found very early on Sunday mornings, who sell to the public whatever they can pack into the boot/trunk of their car.

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