British border control have siezed a large illegal shipment of counterfeit Olympic merchandise consisting of various flag and bunting designs. In total there was approximately 800kg worth of illegal goods thought to have been worth in excess of £100,000 if sold as legitimate Olympic sanctioned merchandise. The British government is taking a hard stance against non-sanctioned uses of the Olympic brand and it is thought counterfeiting is costing around £1,300,000 a year in lost revenue. Officer Jowlings was the first to become suspicious during the processing of the illegal Olympic branded goods as they came through customs.
“It appeared originally to be a legitimate shipment of Olympic merchandise from China, but when a fellow officer and myself inspected an item more closely to check it's authenticity we started to get some clues as to the true origin of these goods. It turned out that the items were actually produced in the British town of Bolton and not the claimed town of Shenzhen as stated on the customs documentation. It became apparent that this was part of a more complex scheme where Olympic branded goods were being shipped to China only to be repackaged and sent back to the UK under the guise of being officially sanctioned merchandise from one of the many hundred official factories in China.”
Suspicions were raised when a poorly attached “Made In China” sticker fell off one the items revealing a “Made In Bolton” sticker underneath.
Authorities have been able to trace the fake Olympic goods back to an underground factory in East Bolton operating under the facade of a Jaeger fashion label. In a dawn raid, police arrested fifteen workers and seized a number of other illegal items which had been destined to be shipped to China and imported back again into the unsuspecting UK market. The other items included novelty Union Jack themed Mankinis, novelty Union Jack themed Usain Bolt chicken nuggets, novelty Union Jack themed Union Jacks, and novelty Union Jack themed Pippa Middleton clip-on fake buttocks.
The workers just prior to being removed from the premises and taken into custody. Many officers observed that all of the workers appeared to have an unusually well shaped bottom as they were being led out of the factory.
The UK Border Control team will dispose of the goods in an official event as per normal guidelines which does involve a spectacular fireworks show at it's conclusion which is sure to delight children and adults alike.