Skegness

Over 2,000 fake Halloween costumes seized in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire County Council Trading Standards seized over 2,000 counterfeit Halloween outfits in the surrounding area of Skegness.

An individual had been trading the outfits from home, selling online and selling products all over the UK.

The children’s dressing up costumes were seized after an operation carried out on October 24 and there were more than 2,200 items found in total which will now be sent for testing, but they are not expected to meet the relevant safety standards.

Trading Standards are urging people to take adequate precautions when purchasing these kinds of products and to consider using LED lights instead of candles and tea lights around children when they’re wearing these types of costumes.

Senior Trading Standards Officer Chad Saratoon said: “In the run up to Halloween we see a lot of novelty items placed on the market in Lincolnshire.

“We consider matters of product safety very seriously and we work with manufacturers to detect counterfeit items on the market.

“Importers and distributors have obligations to check and ensure that the products they place on the market are safe and meet the required safety standards. Businesses also need to take steps to ensure that what they sell is a genuine product.

“We would urge consumers to take action if they see an item that they suspect is unsafe or fake by reporting it to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.”