Counterfeit crime targeted

Anti-counterfeiting award

Counterfeiting award

The efforts of our Trading Standards team in tackling organised crime have been recognised by The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG).

Trading Standards Officer Anne-Marie Spalding received the prestigious Highly Commended Dave Hankinson Award for individual excellence in anti-counterfeiting enforcement. The awards were introduced in 1994 to recognise significant enforcement activity in the fight against counterfeiting. Candidates are nominated by their peers and ACG members including more than 3,000 top brand owners who vote for their worthy winners.

Our Trading Standards team has been involved in a joint working initiative with South Lanarkshire Council and Police Scotland targeting intellectual property crime with more than £2.5m pounds worth of counterfeit goods being seized in Lanarkshire over the past five years, together with proceeds of crime applications in excess of £2.8m.

This work forms part of efforts across Lanarkshire which disrupt and deter serious organised criminals by taking robust enforcement action against their illegal operations.

Phil Lewis, Director General of ACG said: "Anne-Marie has shown outstanding ability in her efforts to combat counterfeiting over the past six years. She has worked tirelessly to develop a joint partnership between North and South Lanarkshire Council's Trading Standards Services and Police Scotland.

"Counterfeiting poses a significant threat to businesses and consumers. Anne-Marie's professionalism in helping to reduce this threat is a great example to enforcement officers across the UK."

North Lanarkshire Council's Executive Director Robert Steenson, who sits on the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce for Scotland (SOCT), said: "Anne-Marie is such a dedicated and hard-working officer and as a council, we are really proud her efforts have been recognised by the ACG.

"Organised crime is a real and present danger in many communities and poses a significant threat to businesses and communities. These groups have no regard for the public and will attempt to make money from any source they can and at any cost. The SOCT and its partner agencies will continue working to protect legitimate businesses and consumers from these dangers."

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