On Sunday 9 July Walsall Trading Standards officers took the lead in ‘Big Ben’ - a planned operation as part of an ongoing and co-ordinated campaign to rid Bescot Market of counterfeit items. They were joined by the Chair of the National Markets Group, brand representatives and West Midlands Police officers.
Brand representatives went into the market in the morning to scout out the level of unlawful activity on site and identified ten stalls that really stood out as warranting closer inspection.
In a scene reminiscent of Del-boy scarpering with his suitcase, most of the traders fled as the team approached the stalls and left their goods on site. The police made two arrests and stopped one vehicle from leaving the site – it was found to be full of counterfeit goods which were seized.