22 October 2020
ACG’s Intelligence Coordinator, Graham Mogg, as well as ACG brand members and representatives were filmed by the BBC Defenders UK team as they supported a stop and search exercise in Birmingham, targeting vehicles carrying counterfeit or potentially dangerous products to markets or car boot sales.
The exercise was part of Operation BEORMA*, a multi-agency intelligence-led operation, coordinated by the National Trading Standards and National Markets Group.
The programme which was aired yesterday, showed officers from the West Midlands Police stopping vans, to be searched by Birmingham Trading Standards and supporting team.
One van stopped, was carrying counterfeit Polo, North Face and Nike products with a street value of £200,000 as well as separately packaged clothes and branded labels. All counterfeit or potentially unsafe products were seized by Birmingham Trading Standards.
The program featuring the operation is now available on BBC iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000gpnx/defenders-uk-series-3-episode-3
* Operation BEORMA is a multi-agency intelligence-led operation, led by the National Trading Standards and National Markets Group.
ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.
Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.