National award for counterfeit pilot project

Councillor Helen McKenna with Paul Bannister, trading standards manager
Councillor Helen McKenna with Paul Bannister, trading standards manager

A partnership between North Lanarkshire Council’s Trading Standards team and Police Scotland has received a national counterfeiting award.

A three-month pilot project which saw almost £70,000 of counterfeit goods, £100,000 of illicitly obtained music and £9,000 worth of drugs seized was recognised as Highly Commended in the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) Awards for Excellence.

Trading Standards Officers were embedded in Police Scotland’s Lanarkshire Division to tackle issues of intellectual property and doorstep crimes, in a partnership believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland.

Councillor Helen McKenna , convener of the Environmental Services Committee, said: “I am delighted our strong partnership working with Police Scotland has been recognised.

“This unique joint operation delivered real results, helping to make our communities safer and fairer for local people and legitimate businesses.”