Superhero costumes not so super

Thursday 22 February
On 22nd February 2018 West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service teamed up with West Yorkshire Police and Brand Protection Officers from Rubie’s Masquerade Co. (UK) Ltd and executed a warrant at an eBay trader’s home address to seize counterfeit and unsafe kids’ costumes.

Over 3000 costumes were seized ahead of World Book Week which could have seen many of these bought by parents for this occasion. If genuine, then the total cost of the items seized would be over £80,000. Counterfeit goods cost the UK economy billions of pounds a year. Not only this, the unsafe nature of some of the costumes increases the risk of causing serious injury.

Mike O’Connell, Global Head of Antipiracy at Rubie’s Masquerade, said “I am grateful to West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service and West Yorkshire Police for the action taken today. We will continue to support authorities to take action against traders who commit such crimes.”

David Lodge, Head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service, said “We are delighted with the result of this operation and I thank all the partners involved. Some may think selling counterfeit goods is a harmless crime but it has shown to have an adverse effect on the UK economy and put peoples’ health at risk because many of these goods do not meet the relevant safety standards. I urge the public to report such crimes via the Citizens Advice Helpline on 03454 040506.”