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Fake ‘Frozen’ toys and children’s clothes seized from Notts shop

1st December 2014 Help & Advice, Nottingham County Council Tags: , , 0 Comments

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Hundreds of fake Disney ‘Frozen’ items have been seized by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team from a Newark shop following a tip-off from a concerned member of the public. 

The counterfeit items, including children’s pyjamas, dolls, fancy-dress costumes, umbrellas, ‘snap’ watches, backpacks and blankets, were on sale in the shop and online. 

It is suspected that a number of the items do not conform to EU safety regulations, including pyjamas and fancy-dress costumes that are unlikely to meet ‘flammability’ standards. 

The haul also includes children’s hooded tops with tightening cords that are likely to be dangerous due to the risk of strangulation. 

Many of the fancy dress outfits were on sale for £19.99, a child’s coat was available for £24.99 and large Queen Elsa doll for £19.99. 

The County Council is carrying out an investigation and plans to destroy all of the items. 

The seizure follows a safety warning from the Council last week (w/c 24 November) about ‘snap’ bracelets available online with counterfeit ‘Frozen’ branding. 

Councillor Alice Grice, Vice-Chair of the Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “Official Frozen merchandise is amongst this year’s ‘must-have’ Christmas presents for children – but unfortunately, counterfeiters who want to cash-in on the craze are all too aware. 

“With the high demand for official merchandise, many parents are struggling to find items for sale and may be tempted to buy counterfeit versions. However, by doing so parents might be unwittingly putting their child in serious danger. 

“Many cheap toys and goods from outside the European Union are often badly-made and in many cases, dangerous.

“We would advise parents to be especially wary when buying items like this from individuals or non-reputable companies on online auction or social media sites.” 

People aware of counterfeit goods being sold in Nottinghamshire should call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06. 

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