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County Council and Cirencester Market backs scheme to prevent fake designer goods

A national campaign to stop shoppers being duped into buying rip-off fakes of designer goods and other illicit items is being backed by Gloucestershire County Council's trading standards department, Cirencester Town Council and Cotswold Markets.

They have signed up to the Real Deal scheme, which is designed to promote legal sellers at Cirencester Market, jointly run by Cirencester Town Council and Cotswold Markets.

The campaign is a nationwide initiative to ensure markets are run legally and have a working relationship with trading standards.

Patricia Lennon, national manager of the Real Deal campaign, said: "We are delighted to welcome Cirencester Market into the Real Deal. By signing the Charter and displaying the Real Deal logo, they are joining with hundreds of markets across the country in saying 'no' to counterfeits and rogue traders."

Concillor Dave Norman, cabinet member responsible for trading standards at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "It is important to ensure legitimate traders are protected and those who feel they can make easy money are deterred at the earliest stage.

"This is a great initiative that will see us working together to protect consumers and local businesses from the harm caused by the trade in counterfeit goods."

Coucillor Gary Selwyn, lead member for community services at Cirencester Town Council, said signing up to the Real Deal meant customers and traders could have confidence in Cirencester's markets.

He added: "Counterfeit and illicit goods are often of inferior quality and, in most cases, unsafe as they have not gone through the same rigorous safety checks that legitimate goods go through. Their sale can damage consumer confidence and legitimate businesses, because they infringe existing intellectual property rights."

Becky Coles, Community Services Manager at Cirencester Town Council, said: "We're really proud of our market's reputation and want to reassure residents, visitors and businesses that we're committed to maintaining a safe and fair environment in which to shop and trade. It is important to us that customers know they can shop here with confidence."

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